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Active cases nearly double as some students switch to virtual learning in Maries County


The Vienna School District announced it would switch to virtual learning the same week active cases nearly doubled in Maries County.

The district wrote on Facebook Thursday that student would begin virtual learning Friday after an increase in COVID-19 cases among students and staff. In the post, district leaders apologized for any inconveniences, but the decision was necessary to "get a handle on the health and safety of our students."

At the same time, active cases of the virus in Maries County nearly doubled. On Monday, the Phelps-Maries County Health Department reported 35 active cases of the virus. As of Thursday, active cases sit at 60.

Vienna School District leaders said they hope to have students return to in-person learning on Nov. 2, but will re-evaluate their plans closer to that day before making a final decision.

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Brittany Wiley

Brittany Wiley joined ABC 17 News in December 2018 as a full-time reporter. She anchors weekend morning broadcasts and reports in the early evening during the week.


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