New COVID cases in Cobb schools include 9 East Cobb schools

New Brumby Elementary School

The Cobb County School District is reporting 61 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 this week, including seven schools in East Cobb that previously had no cases.

According to the district’s weekly update on Friday, confirmed cases among staff and students were reported in 30 schools.

That’s the most in any week since the district began revealing weekly updates in September.

Overall there have been 443 confirmed cases since July 1.

All of the schools reporting cases this week have 10 or fewer cases, as has been the case since the district began breaking down the numbers. Those breakdowns don’t indicate how many students and how many staff members have confirmed cases.

The East Cobb schools reporting cases this week are as follows:

  • Bells Ferry ES
  • Brumby ES
  • East Side ES
  • Murdock ES
  • Powers Ferry ES
  • Shallowford Falls ES
  • Tritt ES
  • Daniell MS
  • East Cobb MS

This is the third time that COVID cases have been reported at Shallowford Falls and the second time for Powers Ferry.

Middle school students returned to in-person classes in Cobb last week, and high school students will be coming back Nov. 5.

The district also said this week there is a confirmed COVID case within the Pope High School football program. The Greyhounds’ varsity games this week and next have been cancelled, all football activities have been suspended and contact-tracing has been taking place.

The rate of reported COVID-19 cases has been edging upward in recent weeks in Georgia, including in Cobb County. At one point the 14-day average of cases per 100,000 population dropped just below 100, which is considered high community spread.

As of Thursday, that two-week figure is 129 cases per 100,000 people. That’s been a key metric used by Cobb school superintendent Chris Ragsdale. He ordered the start of the school year to be all online when that average was in the 300-400 range, then called for a phased reopening when the average dropped between 100-200.

Cobb has had 22,059 cases of COVID-19 since March and 457 deaths.

In explaining its COVID reporting procedures, the Cobb school district said that in accordance with student and health privacy laws, “the Georgia Department of Public Health recommends refraining from publicly publishing numbers of cases or quarantined students or staff that are less than 10 unless the number is 0.”

Cobb and Douglas Public health will “communicate confirmed cases to affected students/staff/ parents,” according to CCSD protocols.

Those guidelines also state that those who test positive “will isolate until 10 consecutive days have passed from their positive COVID-19 test and they are asymptomatic.”

The district details health and safety protocols in this FAQ and encourages parents to follow a daily well-being checklist before sending students to school. More health and safety information can be found here.

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Cobb schools COVID cases include Mabry MS, Shallowford Falls ES

Two schools in East Cobb are among 16 in the Cobb County School District reporting confirmed cases of COVID-19 this week.Campbell High School lockdown

They’re Mabry Middle School and Shallowford Falls Elementary School, and like the others they’re reporting fewer than 10 cases.

That’s according to the district’s weekly update that shows 382 total cases since July 1, up by 33 since last week.

The figures do not break down the numbers of students and staff who have tested positive for the virus. The other schools reporting cases this week include the following:

  • Austell ES
  • Chalker ES
  • Dowell ES
  • Green Acres ES
  • Norton Park ES
  • Pitner ES
  • Riverside ES
  • Still ES
  • Barber MS
  • Campbell MS
  • Lindsey 6th Grade Academy
  • Lost Mountain MS
  • Palmer MS

This is the second time that there’s been a confirmed COVID case at Shallowford Falls. Other East Cobb schools that have had cases since elementary school students returned for in-person learning include Blackwell, Eastvalley, Nicholson, Powers Ferry and Rocky Mount.

Middle school students returned to in-person classes in Cobb this week, and high school students will be coming back Nov. 5.

The district explained that in accordance with student and health privacy laws, “the Georgia Department of Public Health recommends refraining from publicly publishing numbers of cases or quarantined students or staff that are less than 10 unless the number is 0.”

Cobb and Douglas Public health will “communicate confirmed cases to affected students/staff/ parents,” according to CCSD protocols.

Those guidelines also state that those who test positive “will isolate until 10 consecutive days have passed from their positive COVID-19 test and they are asymptomatic.”

The district details health and safety protocols in this FAQ and encourages parents to follow a daily well-being checklist before sending students to school. More health and safety information can be found here.

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Rocky Mount ES among 11 Cobb schools with new COVID-19 cases

Eleven elementary schools in the Cobb County School District reported confirmed COVID-19 cases this week, including Rocky Mount ES in East Cobb.Campbell High School lockdown

The district updated its COVID-19 case total on Friday, and it showed 25 new cases from last week, the first for elementary schools students who opted to return for in-person learning.

Since July 1, a total of 349 cases among students and staff have been reported in the Cobb school district. Last week, that number was 324.

The schools reporting cases this week are all different from last week, and all of them are reporting 10 or fewer cases. They include:

  • Acworth Intermediate
  • Bullard ES
  • Chalker ES
  • Frey ES
  • Hollydale ES
  • Mableton ES
  • Milford ES
  • Rocky Mount ES
  • Still ES
  • Varner ES

The figures do not distinguish between students, teachers and other staff. Last week, Blackwell, Eastvalley, Nicholson, Powers Ferry and Shallowford Falls in East Cobb reported COVID cases but none this week.

The district explained that in accordance with student and health privacy laws, “the Georgia Department of Public Health recommends refraining from publicly publishing numbers of cases or quarantined students or staff that are less than 10 unless the number is 0.”

Cobb and Douglas Public health will “communicate confirmed cases to affected students/staff/ parents,” according to CCSD protocols.

Those guidelines also state that those who test positive “will isolate until 10 consecutive days have passed from their positive COVID-19 test and they are asymptomatic.”

At a Cobb Board of Education work session Thursday, superintendent Chris Ragsdale said the district has ordered a variety of personal protective equipment, including masks and plexiglass dividers as well as cleaning supplies.

The district details health and safety protocols in this FAQ and encourages parents to follow a daily well-being checklist before sending students to school. More health and safety information can be found here.

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