School children in the Mayfield Independent School District will return to the classroom Jan. 10 for the first time since holiday break and the recent tornado that devastated Mayfield and Graves County.

While the community is still facing the mournful loss from the storms, Covid numbers are on the rise — and are easy to forget about when faced with the destruction in front of them.

On Dec. 1, 2021, the first case of the Omicron Variant was reported in the U.S. and has been a main concern for public health ever since. As of press time, every county in Kentucky, except for McCreary, Montgomery, and Menifee, are currently in a high incidence rate. The three counties not included in the high zones are still majorly affected, being in the substantial incidence rate.

Graves County School System returned to classes on Jan. 3. Superintendent Matthew Madding said the webpage retaining the 2021-22 school operational plan would update if anything changes.

As of now, it states, “We look forward to welcoming our teachers, students, and families back into our schools for the 2021-22 school year. We are committed to providing high quality education in a safe and secure manner. The following information details our current School Opening Plan. As in the past year, our procedures are subject to change in response to local/state guidance.”

Graves County Schools have not updated their Covid guidelines since November 21, 2021. The link to the current list can be found at www.graves.kyschools.us.

At Mayfield Independent Schools, students will return to class on Monday, Jan. 10. The current operation plan for Mayfield Schools can be found in a six-page PDF file on www.mayfield.kyschools.us. The site currently states, “Please understand this plan will need to be adjusted based on changing conditions or updates in expectations/guidelines from local, state and federal agencies. The plan will be reviewed every week.”

As of Thursday, Jan. 6, the Graves County Health Department announced the 7549th thru 7825th confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Graves County.

Vaccines and boosters are available at no cost at Walgreens, CVS, Walmart and the Graves County Health Department.

For general questions about COVID-19, call the KY COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-722-2725 or the Graves County Health Department at 270-247-3553.