The city of Georgia is the victim of an increase in COVID-19 cases. This Tuesday, it exceeded its previous maximum of positive tests, but the child population is included in the index this time.
According to figures from the Georgia Department of Public Health, the 7-day moving average of COVID-19 positive tests rose to 9,641 infections on Tuesday, surpassing the maximum of 9,635 infections, calculated on January 11.
The number of infections increases while schools are reverting to virtual classes to teach children remotely. The district has an estimated 21,000 students in Bibb County and became one of the largest to take extended breaks from face-to-face classes because students would not return to classes after Labor Day and would stay home until September 20.
Superintendent Curtis Jones said in a statement: “We are going to take the next two weeks to pause in-person learning and hopefully make sure that when students return, our schools will remain safe.” Also, Bibb County is one of the few districts in Georgia that has maintained wearing a mask and taking other precautions. Despite this, Jones said the virus is spreading rapidly in Macon-area schools.
In Richmond County, of roughly 29,000 students, it was announced that students should stay home and watch classes online until two days after Labor Day so employees have enough time to clean schools.
At least 200,000 Georgia students have interrupted their classroom schedules due to COVID-19. Some districts have taken days off, others change schedules every other day, and most keep taking classes online. This represents more than 11% of the 1.7 million students who attend public institutions in Georgia.
The Floyd County coroner indicated that a 13-year-old boy died of COVID-19 early Tuesday morning. The young man’s father discovered that his son had passed away in the morning after discovering he was no longer breathing. Coroner Harold Proctor said the cause of death was “respiratory failure due to COVID-19.”
The authorities indicated that the spread of the virus in children is a new aspect of the pandemic that they are entirely unaware of. Kathleen Toomey, the Public Health Commissioner, reported Tuesday that cases have skyrocketed since schools opened in early August.
According to announcements published by The Associated Press, they have requested that Georgia students wear masks in case they have to attend face-to-face classes. However, federal officials have allowed local governments to choose.
It is not yet known where this young man contracted the virus, but it is clear that it is spreading more easily than before. The population must become aware and protect the most vulnerable, including babies, children, and the elderly.