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Columbia County far outpaces Richmond County in school COVID cases

Published: Aug. 20, 2021 at 4:17 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Columbia County has seen 2½ times as many COVID-19 cases in the past week as the Richmond County School System.

Meanwhile, the Richmond County district canceled Friday night’s Glenn Hills High School football game against Therrell High due to a confirmed positive COVID-19 case and related quarantines impacting the Glenn Hills football program.

The 28,503-student Columbia County School System has seen 405 student cases and 50 employee cases, while the 29,093 Richmond County district has seen 160 student cases and 30 employee cases.

Besides the size, another difference between the districts is that Richmond County has a mask mandate but Columbia County does not.

Both districts reported their cases on Friday.

A possible signal that this week might have been a a bad one for Columbia County was the announcement Tuesday of additional measures to cut down on the possible spread of coronavirus. Those measures include more social distancing, plexiglass dividers in cafeterias, and limiting visitors, locker rooms and field trips.

Here’s a breakdown of the cases by school:

Richmond County

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

  • Barton Chapel: 7 students, 0 employees
  • Bayvale: 1 student, 0 employees
  • Blythe: 1 student, 1 employee
  • Copeland: 1 student, 0 employees
  • Deer Chase: 0 students, 0 employees
  • Diamond Lakes: 2 students, 2 employees
  • Freedom Park: 2 students, 0 employees
  • Garrett: 0 students, 0 employees
  • Glenn Hills: 3 students, 0 employees
  • Goshen: 0 students, 0 employees
  • Gracewood: 3 students, 0 employees
  • Hains: 2 students, 1 employee
  • Hephzibah: 3 students, 0 employees
  • Jamestown: 2 students, 0 employees
  • Jenkins-White: 3 students, 0 employees
  • Lake Forest Hills: 3 students, 1 employee
  • Lamar-Milledge: 2 students, 1 employee
  • McBean: 3 students, 3 employees
  • Meadowbrook: 3 students, 2 employees
  • Merry: 0 students, 2 employees
  • Monte Sano: 4 students, 0 employees
  • Sue Reynolds: 1 student, 1 employee
  • Terrace Manor: 0 students, 0 employees
  • Tobacco Road: 7 students, 0 employees
  • W.S. Hornsby: 2 students, 1 employee
  • Warren Road: 2 students, 0 employees
  • Wheeless Road: 4 students, 1 employee
  • Wilkinson Gardens: 1 student, 0 employees
  • Willis Foreman: 4 students, 0 employees

K-8 SCHOOLS

  • Belair K-8: 16 students, 2 employees
  • C.T. Walker: 5 students, 0 employees
  • Richmond Hill: 1 student, 1 employee

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

  • Glenn Hills: 7 students, 0 employees
  • Hephzibah: 3 students, 0 employees
  • Hornsby: 3 students, 1 employee
  • Langford: 0 students, 0 employees
  • Murphey: 6 students, 2 employees
  • Pine Hill: 3 students, 0 employees
  • Spirit Creek: 2 students, 0 employees
  • Tutt: 5 students, 3 employees

HIGH SCHOOLS

  • Academy of Richmond County: 6 students, 0 employees
  • A.R. Johnson: 0 students, 0 employees
  • Butler: 5 students, 0 employees
  • Cross Creek: 8 students, 1 employee
  • Davidson: 2 students, 1 employee
  • Glenn Hills: 0 students, 1 employee
  • Hephzibah: 4 students, 0 employees
  • T.W. Josey: 3 students, 0 employees
  • Lucy C. Laney: 1 student, 0 employees
  • Performance Learning Center: 0 students, 0 employees
  • RCTCM: 2 students, 0 employees
  • Westside: 12 students, 1 employee

SPECIAL SCHOOLS

  • Alternative School: 0 students, 1 employee
  • Marion E. Barnes Career Center: 0 students, 0 employees
  • RPM: 0 students, 0 employees
  • Sandhills: 0 students, 0 employees
Columbia County

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

  • Baker Place: 16 students, 2 employees
  • Blue Ridge: 10 students, 3 employees
  • Brookwood: 0 students, 0 employees
  • Cedar Ridge: 4 students, 2 employees
  • Euchee Creek: 7 students, 3 employees
  • Evans: 6 students, 0 employees
  • Greenbrier: 4 students, 0 employees
  • Grovetown: 27 students, 8 employees
  • Lewiston: 8 students, 3 employees
  • Martinez: 8 students, 0 employees
  • North Columbia: 6 students, 2 employees
  • North Harlem: 10 students, 0 employees
  • Parkway: 5 students, 2 employees
  • River Ridge: 10 students, 2 employees
  • Riverside: 21 students, 0 employees
  • South Columbia: 13 students, 1 employee
  • Stevens Creek: 1 student, 2 employees
  • Westmont: 8 students, 3 employees

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

  • Columbia: 17 students, 1 employee
  • Evans: 9 students, 3 employees
  • Greenbrier: 14 students, 0 employees
  • Grovetown: 6 students, 1 employee
  • Harlem: 18 students, 2 employees
  • Lakeside: 10 students, 0 employees
  • Riverside: 35 students, 2 employees
  • Stallings Island: 3 students, 0 employees

HIGH SCHOOLS

  • Evans: 46 students, 1 employee
  • Greenbrier: 17 students, 1 employee
  • Grovetown: 19 students, 0 employees
  • Harlem: 16 students, 2 employees
  • Lakeside: 31 students, 0 employees
  • Columbia County Alternative School: 0 students, 0 employees

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