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LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – COVID-19 positivity rates at the state, local, and school district levels have significantly increased since Thanksgiving.

Jessamine County Health Department reports that the daily incidence rate within the community has more than doubled from 24.81 on Nov. 11 to 59.40 on Dec. 2. Specifically, the Jessamine County School District has seen a similar surge in positive case totals among students and staff.

Over the past week, there have been 37 positive student cases and 145 student quarantines. There have also been 12 staff members unavailable due to positive cases or quarantines.

As such, according to Jessamine County Schools’ official press release, Jessamine County Schools (JCS) is implementing a mask requirement for all students, staff, and visitors to all JCS campuses. This mandate will take effect Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. This mask requirement will include all district activities including athletics, extracurricular programs, performances, and bus transportation.

The press release expressed a desire to maintain in-person learning for all students, prompting the mask mandate. JCS officials stated that the surge is expected to resume as a continued increase in indoor gatherings is expected due to the holiday season.