COVID claims life of two more people; masks and staff doing great job of preventing spread in schools

COVID has claimed the lives of two more local residents in Medina County. On Friday, Sept 25th, the county announced the death of a man in his 60’s, and this Monday, September 28th they announced we lost a man in his 70’s as well. A total of 30 community members have lost their lives to this horrible virus.
There are 25 active cases in Medina County right now, as of Monday, with a majority of those in the Devine and Hondo area. In Medina County residents, 107 people have been hospitalized as a result of COVID.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends who have lost loved ones.
Covid in schools has remained under control thus far according to figures released. MVISD has had a total of 9 cases during the school year, 3 of which are active. Devine had 1 additional case last week in a middle school student which is still an active case, bringing the total to 3 this school year (one high school, one elementary, one middle school). Lytle had one case in an Elementary student, and has had no cases since. Natalia ISD still has had no cases reported during the school year.
Last week, on Sept 17, TEA and DSHS announced there had been about 2,344 student cases and 2,175 staff cases on public school campuses across the State. There are approximately 1 million students who have been on campus since the beginning of the school year. This suggests the precautions including masks and social distancing, etc have worked well in preventing spread from one student to another so far, especially in our local schools.
Editor’s note: There have been elementary students on campus with COVID in two local schools, and no further cases on those campuses were reported. It is evident that staff and students in local schools are doing a great job of taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Keep up the good work!
Devine ISD Superintendent Todd Grandjean commented, “Our entire teaching, support and admin staff as well as all of the students have taken this very seriously and seem to understand the seriousness that this challenge presents. I am so proud of everyone. We will see an increase of about 20% more students returning to campus for the second six weeks, and we plan everyday for adjustments to accommodate this increase as far as safety and sanitation is concerned.”

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