Coffee County Schools reports increase in weekly COVID-19 cases

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NEW BROCKTON, Ala. (WDHN) — Coffee County Schools reported an increase in its new weekly COVID-19 cases.

Superintendent Kevin Killingsworth said the system had 24 new cases this week, eight more than last week’s reported total. The following schools have cases:

  • Zion Chapel — 11 student cases, one faculty case
  • New Brockton Elementary School — One student case
  • New Brockton High School — Six student cases
  • Kinston School — Two student cases, three faculty cases

Since Aug. 10, there have been 159 cases reported in the school district. There are also a large number of quarantines in place, Killingsworth said.

Killingsworth also said the system is working with other educational partners and the Coffee County Emergency Management Agency to make a plan for teacher vaccination.

However, there is no set timetable yet.

“When that time comes, we will have a plan of action in order for our employees that wish to be vaccinated,” he said.

EMA Director James Brown said the administration of vaccines will depend on an Immunization Patient Resources with Integrated Technology (ImmPRINT) account, the availability of vaccinations, and the start of phase 2.

“Until the vaccines are more widely available and open to a larger segment of the population we only have Non- Pharmaceutical Intervention available to us,” Brown said in an email. “So, we continue to encourage people to wear a mask, wash hands, and social distance. Beyond the big 3 we also encourage people to clean their work surfaces, refrain from participation in large group activities (especially indoors), and ask everyone to limit their travel outside the home as much as possible.”

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