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Warren County Schools See Decrease in Quarantines Following Mask Mandate

Rhonda J. Miller

As schools struggle to continue in-person learning as COVID-19 surges across the nation, one school district in southern Kentucky is reporting a decrease in the number of students and staff in quarantine two weeks after a mask mandate went into effect.

Warren County Public Schools Superintendent Rob Clayton said in a news conference Tuesday that the numbers are down substantially from the 1,800 students in quarantine last week.

“We’re at 834 students that are quarantined due to a potential contact exposure at school," Clayton said. "We do not have any staff that are quarantined due to a school contact. However, we have about 100 across the district that are required to quarantine."Clayton said those 100 employees are in quarantine due to a household or community contact.

The superintendent said there are currently 247 active cases of COVID-19 involving Warren County students and 25 among staff.

The school district does not require a negative COVID test after the quarantine period if the person does not have symptoms of the virus.

Clayton said at least 60% of school emplyoyees are vaccinated and the district continues to enourage vaccinations. 

Rhonda Miller joined WKU Public Radio in 2015. She has worked as Gulf Coast reporter for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, where she won Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow and Green Eyeshade awards for stories on dead sea turtles, health and legal issues arising from the 2010 BP oil spill and homeless veterans.
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