Following the weeklong effects of Winter Storm Uri in Middle Tennessee, Williamson County Schools reported a significant drop in COVID-19 cases and related quarantines, following a countywide trend as COVID-19 testing was largely halted.
Students were out of school for six consecutive days as students had Presidents Day, Feb. 15, off, and the district canceled school Tuesday, Feb. 16, through Monday, Feb. 22. The prior week, the district also used an inclement weather day on Thursday, Feb. 11.
While students were home from school, hazardous road conditions also spurred public safety agencies to advise residents to stay home unless absolutely necessary for the duration of last week.
Following these events, WCS reported, as of Monday, 16 students and 10 staff members were in isolation with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case, and 58 students and 18 staff members were in quarantine due to exposure.
These numbers are significantly lower than those reported by the district the prior week: 118 students and 25 staff members in isolation and 792 students and 80 staff members in quarantine.
Countywide, confirmed active cases dropped from 1,107 on Monday, Feb. 15, to 724 as of Monday, Feb. 22.
However, the Williamson County Health Department's COVID-19 testing site at the Williamson County Agricultural Expo Center was also closed from Feb. 15 to Feb. 20 due to the road conditions, leading to fewer conducted tests across the region.
For more information about WCS, visit WCS.edu.
To view local COVID-19 data, visit WilliamsonReady.org/266/Coronavirus-Disease.