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COVID-19 numbers mostly down among mid-state's school age children as classes begin

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  Middle Tennessee’s school systems appear to be keeping COVID-19 outbreaks mostly under control as the new school year gets underway.

The number of school-age children reporting new infections fell this past week in Sumner, Rutherford, Robertson, Davidson and Cheatham counties.

Wilson and Williamson counties reported slight increases.

New infections among children 5 to 18 years of age also fell statewide last week, dropping 13 percent over the previous week.

Tennessee officials reported on Thursday that, statewide, nine schools were closed last week due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

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