Georgia Second Grader Tests Positive For Coronavirus After First Day Of School

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The student's classroom was temporarily closed for deep cleaning and the teacher and other students are in quarantine.

A second grader attending Sixes Elementary in the Cherokee County School district in Georgia tested positive for the coronavirus after the first day of school, according to CNN.

  • The student’s classroom was closed for deep cleaning on Tuesday “and the teacher and 20 other students had been asked to quarantine for two weeks after the second grader tested positive.”
  • “Cherokee County recommends, but does not require, that children wear masks in school whenever social distancing is not possible, according to the school district's reopening plan,” the news outlet reported.
  • That would change if the governor issued a statewide mask order, but “Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has fought mayors' attempts to mandate mask use.”

Other school districts in the state have seen cases as they seek to reopen as well.

  • “Since Marietta City Schools began preplanning on July 27, five employees have tested positive and another is presumed positive,” CNN reported.
  • According to Jen Brock, the system's executive director of communications, those employees “work in the teaching, transportation and janitorial.” The district’s first day of school was Tuesday, but all classes were conducted virtually.
  • In Georgia's largest school district, Gwinnett County Public Schools, “around 260 employees were reported to have either tested positive or been exposed” earlier this week, according to CNN.

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