Enterprise City Schools Superintendent Greg Faught confirmed on Thursday, Oct. 15, that 26 students and 20 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 since Aug. 6.

Additionally, Faught said that he plans to provide weekly COVID-19 updates on the school system beginning Oct. 21 for transparency purposes.

According to Faught, only two ECS students have tested positive for COVID-19 in October, while four ECS staff members have tested positive with two additional probable cases among the staff. Faught said that 16 ECS students tested positive in August and eight tested positive in September. That means that the confirmed COVID-19 cases in the school system has decreased each month since school opened.

Faught also emphasized that parents nor students are required to report positive cases to the school or the health department but is urging parents to do so if their child tests positive for the virus. Also, the school system asks for documentation in regards to a parent informing the school that a student has tested positive, to verify it.

“I think it is important for everyone to understand that this information is fluid and we have to verify (the case) when we get a telephone call from parents saying their child is positive,” Faught said. “To my knowledge every parent that has been asked to forward the documentation has done it and they aren’t required to give that information.”

Faught said that as students have returned back from Fall Break that he asks parents to continue to do their best to watch for symptoms in students.

“I just want to ask parents to remain vigilante and encourage their children to take all recommended precautions when away from school,” Faught reiterated.

The Sun will provide updated COVID-19 numbers as they are released.

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