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(UPDATE) In response to records request, DeKalb chools provides COVID-19 data showing 762 cases

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(UPDATE) In response to records request, DeKalb chools provides COVID-19 data showing 762 cases

DeKalb County School District Administration and Instructional Complex on Mtn. Industrial Blvd. in Stone Mountain. Photo by Dean Hesse

UPDATE: DeKalb County Schools has released new data showing a total of 762 cases in the school district since July 2020 through Feb. 3. The case breakdown is as follows:

Staff: 510

Students: 158

Central office: 94

Audrey Qualls, an open records specialist with the school district, said, “The data is reflective of cases reported by employees that live in the community and work in the district at a specific location. COVID-19 is an airborne virus and can be contracted anywhere.” 

Here is our earlier story …

DeKalb County, GA — The Tucker Observer and Decaturish.com received COVID-19 data from DeKalb County School District after filing a records request for this information.

The district also published this information on its website. Schools have been conducted virtually since March, but there have been instances of staff and student exposures in the county school district.

According to the district, 462 staffers, 144 students and 90 central office employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since July 2020. The data does not include case summary reports indicating how the cases were discovered or whether there was in-school transmission of the virus. The district also released a list of 28 buildings within the district that have been cleaned and disinfected.

Unlike other districts, DeKalb County Schools hasn’t been providing regular reports on its cases even as it has been laying the groundwork for students to return. Teachers returned to the buildings on Feb. 3.

To see the full story on the Tucker Observer, including the data released by the district, click here.

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