How many kids have caught COVID in Burke, Richmond, Columbia counties
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - As Burke County students begin two weeks of virtual learning, we’re learning the extent of the latest COVID-19 surge’s impact on students there and elsewhere in the CSRA.
- In Burke County Public Schools, 57 students and six faculty members have been infected. The school district has 4,011 students.
- In the Richmond County School System, 71 students and 18 faculty members have been infected as of Friday. Masks are mandatory in the with 29,093-student district.
- In the Columbia County School System, 103 students and 17 employees cases had been infected as of Friday. Masks are not mandatory in the 28,503-student district but are strongly encouraged.
The Burke County district made the decision last week to switch to at-home learning for a time as an outbreak led to quarantines of three elementary school classes and the high school volleyball team.
A tentative restart date of Aug. 30 is planned.
The situation is similar in Taliaferro and Glascock counties, where schools closed due to the current COVID surge that’s fueled by the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus.
Taliaferro County students are due to return Aug. 30 and Glascock County schools students are to return Aug. 23, both under a mixed at-home and on-campus schedule.
The statistics came as the school year began for many students across the Savannah River of South Carolina. Kids returned Monday in Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, Bamberg and Edgefield counties, then Saluda County schools start Thursday.
In Allendale County, all students and employees will be required to wear masks, the superintendent announced. The announcement appears to put the district at odds with state officials, who say local districts can’t enact mask mandates.
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