260 employees in Georgia school district have tested positive for Covid-19 or been exposed

About 260 employees at Georgia's largest school district will not work due to Covid.

Georgia's largest school district has confirmed that around 260 employees have either tested positive for Covid-19 or have been exposed.

The Gwinnett County School District (GCPS) employees won't be returning to school just yet as districts across the country continue to adjust their back-to-school plans to prevent the spread of the virus.

The situation in Gwinnett is fluid, GCPS spokeswoman Sloan Roach told CNN in an email Sunday evening.

"As of last Thursday, we had approximately 260 employees who had been excluded from work due to a positive case or contact with a case," Roach said. "This number is fluid as we continue to have new reports and others who are returning to work," she added.

The district -- which is in the metro Atlanta area and is the largest in the school system in the state -- is set to reopen with online learning on August 12.

Despite the high case count and the confirmed community spread, some parents held a protest last week demanding that children be allowed to return to in-person learning.

GCSD already had pushed the start date back to August 12, but had given the option for in-person learning until late July when the decision to only provide virtual learning was "due to the current Covid-19 situation in our county and the rising numbers of cases in Gwinnett County," Roach explained.

Roach did not say if the newly identified positive cases have changed the district's reopening plans.

There is already a reporting and tracing process in place as well as a protocol for excluding employees who test positive or come into contact with a confirmed case, Roach said.

Roach said because of the tracing process the district determined that the majority of these 260 cases were the result of community spread. "We have people who have called in to report who have not been at school or work," she said.

Gwinnett County has the second highest rate of Covid-19 cases in the state, with 17,781 confirmed cases, according to Georgia's Department of Public Health. More than 190,000 cases and 3,800 deaths have been reported in the state as of Monday morning.

"Given the number of COVID cases in Gwinnett we would expect to see positives among our employees based on the community spread in our county," Roach said.

CNN's Madeline Holcomb contributed to this report.

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(6) comments

Crys0925

It also doesn't say that 260 tested positive. It says that someone or a few someones tested positive causing anyone that came in contact with those people not to be able to work. There are almost 22,000 employees of Gwinnett County Public Schools. Statistically 1% has been effected.

Govols56

This is a perfect example of the media trying to stir up fear. One teachers have been in the office for 2 days.. it is taking 7-10 days for results. Not from having to work. Where are the articles about the teachers complaining about having to work and risking their lives while they are at the beach, at baseball or lacrosse tourney. This is a joke. Great journalism.

natecollins999

All teachers should be able to work from home. It is unnecessary for teachers to conduct online class from the school building. This is disgusting that you have this many teachers testing positive, yet teachers are obligated to check in for something they could easily do at home. The Board of Education is openly murdering these teachers and it is an embarrassment for Gwinnett in the national spotlight.

crobin7028

You should read the article again. It says “employees” not “teachers”. Here’s the biggest embarrassment in Gwinnett. It’s a minority of activists masquerading as teachers. It’s an absolute shame.

Globeheater

I don’t see that they were identified as teachers. Given the number of employees of the school system, 260 is a reasonable number to expect and the article notes that it was a result of community spread. That means they did not become infected at work. Most likely there will be better protection and more precautions taken at the workplace than in the general community. Bottom line is that they are no more at risk than any other group such as police, fire departments, etc..

crobin7028

Amen 🙏. Millions of people have been working since day one.

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