COVID impacting football


The Philadelphia High School Tornadoes are set to take the field this Friday when they visit the Rebels in Forest after a two-week quarantine hiatus due to COVID-19.

Choctaw Central and Leake Academy have also had games delayed this season due to COVID-19.

There have been 13 new cases of COVID-19 among students throughout Neshoba County within the last week, according to data from the Mississippi State Department of Health. 

State COVID-19 orders are set to expire today (Sept. 30) and there was no word as of Tuesday if they will be extended.

The data have not been updated since Sept. 23 and specific schools are not named. 

There have been 42 students in the county test positive and another 10 faculty/staff, which also saw an increase of three in the same time period.

According to MSDH, a total of 45 students in Philadelphia and Neshoba County had been quarantined due to exposure during the week of Sept. 14-18. Two faculty/staff were also quarantined during this period. 

The state does not report which specific school districts are impacted and by how much, though both the Philadelphia Public School District and Neshoba County School District have confirmed cases.

On Tuesday, the state reported only  589 new cases and 36 new deaths.

In Neshoba County, 49 cases have been identified in the last week, bringing the total here to 1,597. 

In total, 97,638 Mississippians have either been confirmed or presumed to have COVID-19, with 2,957 total deaths. 

As of Tuesday, the state reported 104 COVID-related deaths in Neshoba County, up zero last week. There have been 115 cases in long-term care facilities in Neshoba County and 37 deaths.

The MSDH is reporting statewide that hospitalizations have declined from 507 to 464 since last week, with ICU patients down from 147 to 138. Ventilator usage dropped from 74 to 67.

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has reported a total of 1,120 positive cases among Tribal members.

The Tribe only saw an increase of 14 positive cases within the last week. The Tribe has tested 5,156 members, with 3,952 negative results. Of the positive cases, 1,035 have recovered, 79 have died and three are still hospitalized.

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