Coffee County sees ‘dramatic increase’ in student, faculty COVID-19 cases


NEW BROCKTON, Ala. (WDHN) — Coffee County Schools saw a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the spring semester, according to Superintendent Kevin Killingsworth..

Since Jan. 6, the school system has now reported 34 COVID-19 cases, nearly triple the number of any week since school began on Aug. 10.

The following schools have COVID-19 cases:

  • Kinston School — Two faculty cases
  • New Brockton High School — Four student cases and one faculty case
  • New Brockton Elementary School — Two student cases
  • Zion Chapel School — 19 student cases and six faculty cases

Because of Zion Chapel having so many cases, the school was put on virtual learning until Jan. 20 for grades 7- 12.

“My goal is for our students to remain in a classroom receiving face-to-face instruction with their teachers,” “The only way that we can continue to do so is for ALL protocols to be followed. I realize that following these protocols is wearing thin on the patience of most, but they must be adhered to in order to keep moving forward.”

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