This story has been updated to reflect that Cobb-Douglas Public Health spokesperson Valerie Crow clarified that the student cases were all sports related.
Since July 1, the Cobb County School District has become aware of approximately 100 students or staff with suspected cases of COVID-19, a district spokesperson told the MDJ on Thursday.
The district has more than 18,000 employees and over 113,000 students.
Staff members returned to school buildings for early planning beginning July 27. The district did not provide further details about which schools have been impacted by infected staff members.
“Any affected people, as identified by DPH, have been communicated with by DPH,” district spokesperson Nan Kiel said in a statement to the MDJ. “To protect the medical rights of those involved, further detail will not be provided by the District.”
Cobb-Douglas Public Health spokesperson Valerie Crow said that over 100 cases among Cobb Schools staff and students were confirmed through testing, and the student cases were all related to sports programs.
In June, at least three high school football teams were affected by COVID-19 infections: Pope, Hillgrove and McEachern high schools.
Kiel said the school district partners with the Department of Public Health for guidance about COVID-19.
“Anytime a Cobb student or staff member reports a suspected case, DPH confirms (through testing), contact traces anyone else who may have been impacted, and provides guidance to each affected person,” Kiel said. “If a case is confirmed, their guidance recommends the person affected quarantine for 10 days and we strictly enforce their guidance.”
The confirmation comes the same week that Marietta City Schools confirmed at least five employees have tested positive with COVID-19. The five Marietta schools employees who tested positive work at:
♦ Sawyer Road Elementary School
♦ Dunleith Elementary School
♦ Lockheed Elementary School
♦ The central office’s school nutrition department
♦ The central office’s maintenance department
Marietta Superintendent Grant Rivera said the district tracks employees who test positive and those who are untested but show symptoms of COVID-19.
Like in Cobb County School District, Marietta City Schools requires affected employees to stay at home for at least 10 days, according to Rivera.
This story has been updated to reflect that Crow clarified that the student cases were all sports related, not all students and staff.