Face masks required in schools this coming week

by Kate Evans

Morgan County Schools students, staff and visitors will be required to wear face masks again this coming week – the week of September 13 – since Morgan County community COVID-19 transmission levels remain at a high level.

The weekly total of new COVID-19 cases for the week of September 3 to September 9 was 82 new cases, according to the Morgan County Health Department’s  Facebook post on Friday.  As of that date,  131 Morgan County residents had active cases of COVID-19 and 26 local deaths have been attributed to the virus.

Due to the surge in the Delta variant of COVID-19, students, staff and visitors will wear face masks on buses, in school buildings and in areas where social distancing is limited when new community COVID-19 cases are at a substantial to high level.

For Morgan County, a low transmission level of new cases is 0-1.99 cases; moderate is 2-9.9 cases; substantial is 10-19.99 cases and high is 20+ cases.

Morgan-Berkeley County Health Department Health Officer Dr. Kevin McLaughlin issued the mask mandate order on August 9.

The Morgan County School Board voted to require universal indoor face coverings for students, staff and visitors on Morgan County Schools properties and buses when levels of community transmission rise to substantial or high as determined by the 7-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases per the Morgan-Berkeley County Board of Health. The school board’s action took place at their September 7 meeting.