Every Friday, the Cobb County School District is releasing the number of students, teachers, and staff with active COVID-19 cases.  The 2021-2022 school year began for students on Monday, August 2, 2021 for face-to-face learning – with no mask requirements.  On Friday, August 6, the district released the first COVID case notification numbers for the 2021-2022 school year.  The numbers listed below represent positive cases of COVID-19 and do not include “close-contact” notifications or “low-risk” letters.

Week 1

Source: https://www.cobbk12.org/page/40801/covid-case-notification

By Friday, August 6, there were 253 students, teachers, and staff who had tested positive for COVID-19.


Week 2

Source: https://www.cobbk12.org/page/40801/covid-case-notification

The next Friday, August 13, there were an additional 569 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection, bringing the cumulative total to 822 students, teachers, and staff that have been infected since the start of the school year.


Week 3

Source: https://www.cobbk12.org/page/40801/covid-case-notification

By August 20, there were 942 new positive cases, bringing the cumulative total to 1,764 children, teachers, and staff with confirmed COVID-19 infections.


Week 4

Source: https://www.cobbk12.org/page/40801/covid-case-notification

The next Friday, August 27, the active case numbers increased by 1,033 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection, bringing the cumulative total to 2,797 students, teachers, and staff that have been infected since the start of the school year.


Week 5

On Friday, September 3, the active case numbers increased by 947 people, bringing the cumulative total to 3,744 students, teachers, and staff that have been infected with confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the school year.


Week 6

On Friday, September 10, the active case numbers increased by 658 people, bringing the cumulative total to 4,402 students, teachers, and staff that have been infected with confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the school year.


Week 7

On Friday, September 17, there were an additional 576 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection, bringing the cumulative total to 4978 students, teachers, and staff that have been infected since the start of the school year.


Week 8

On Friday, September 24, there were an additional 394 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection, bringing the cumulative total to 5372 students, teachers, and staff that have been infected since the start of the school year.

 


Weekly and Cumulative Cases for Each School

 

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
Elementary Schools Active Active Active Active Active Active Active Active Cumulative
Acworth Inter. 0 10 4 7 9 7 10 3 50
Addison 2 1 4 4 1 32 13 4 61
Argyle 0 0 2 3 2 6 5 1 19
Austell 2 6 1 1 4 1 1 1 17
Baker 2 5 21 28 10 6 3 2 77
Bells Ferry 0 8 10 4 4 6 4 4 40
Belmont Hills 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 2 8
Big Shanty Inter. 2 2 2 0 1 3 4 1 15
Birney 7 3 1 2 4 0 3 5 25
Blackwell 2 2 11 7 7 9 4 2 44
Brumby 1 1 6 15 11 4 6 8 52
Bryant 2 6 4 8 8 4 3 1 36
Bullard 2 5 8 11 11 2 1 1 41
Chalker 0 3 7 5 7 5 6 7 40
Cheatham Hill 1 9 4 10 8 6 4 8 50
City View 1 5 9 4 8 1 2 0 30
Clarkdale 0 7 7 4 3 3 4 2 30
Clay Harmony Leland 1 5 3 1 5 3 3 9 30
Compton 0 5 4 2 3 6 5 4 29
Davis 0 9 12 16 12 5 4 0 58
Dowell 5 10 29 10 15 4 6 3 82
Due West 0 0 3 3 4 10 5 1 26
East Side 3 46 35 22 12 5 4 2 129
Eastvalley 4 7 2 2 3 4 7 11 40
Elementary Virtual 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fair Oaks 0 1 5 4 1 5 5 2 23
Ford 1 4 16 12 16 1 3 3 56
Frey 5 8 13 9 11 2 5 3 56
Garrison Mill 0 2 14 15 3 8 2 2 46
Green Acres 0 0 2 0 5 3 3 0 13
Haven at Skyview 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
Hayes 1 5 14 11 11 7 4 1 54
Hendricks 1 1 1 3 7 2 1 5 21
Hollydale 0 6 5 10 2 0 2 0 25
Keheley 1 0 2 1 7 8 10 4 33
Kemp 0 2 3 3 1 7 5 4 25
Kennesaw Primary 1 5 4 1 1 1 7 5 25
Kincaid 2 3 4 2 2 2 2 3 20
King Springs 2 7 9 9 8 7 6 10 58
LaBelle 0 0 2 2 1 1 2 2 10
Lewis 1 4 4 5 11 1 2 1 29
Mableton 2 1 14 7 4 7 8 5 48
McCall Primary 0 3 2 2 1 5 0 0 13
Milford 1 3 1 3 2 3 0 0 13
Mount Bethel 1 5 8 11 8 7 5 6 51
Mountain View 2 7 6 5 8 2 6 4 40
Murdock 5 8 9 14 4 10 5 3 58
Nicholson 0 0 5 8 11 6 2 1 33
Nickajack 0 12 26 23 14 7 9 6 97
Norton Park 1 2 5 6 6 3 5 1 29
Pickett’s Mill 0 3 3 3 10 7 1 0 27
Pitner 5 4 7 8 3 2 2 2 33
Powder Springs 0 8 14 9 9 2 1 5 48
Powers Ferry 0 0 4 1 2 4 0 3 14
Riverside 1 2 0 6 2 2 1 0 14
Rocky Mount 1 9 7 5 9 24 11 1 67
Russell 0 1 3 2 0 2 1 1 10
Sanders 5 6 4 7 0 0 4 0 26
Sedalia Park 0 8 15 5 2 4 2 0 36
Shallowford Falls 0 1 2 0 5 2 2 2 14
Smyrna 4 3 4 7 7 14 5 8 52
Sope Creek 0 2 3 18 19 6 2 2 52
South Cobb ELC 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 4
Still 0 5 20 10 6 9 6 0 56
Teasley 2 4 3 5 2 2 9 8 35
Timber Ridge 1 5 0 1 5 9 10 0 31
Tritt 0 6 5 1 5 13 5 7 42
Varner 1 2 0 7 15 2 9 4 40
Vaughan 0 5 5 17 16 18 11 0 72
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
Middle Schools Active Active Active Active Active Active Active Active Cumulative
Awtrey 0 3 4 8 7 1 1 1 25
Barber 0 8 35 17 6 1 1 2 70
Campbell 4 3 3 12 18 18 8 3 69
Cobb OLA – Middle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cooper 1 4 12 25 3 4 1 0 50
Daniell 1 5 10 8 11 6 8 8 57
Dickerson 1 2 5 5 13 11 38 13 88
Dodgen 4 4 11 9 7 9 1 3 48
Durham 4 1 3 9 4 4 1 8 34
East Cobb 1 3 11 5 12 3 6 2 43
Floyd 1 3 5 1 1 0 1 3 15
Garrett 1 4 12 16 19 8 2 4 66
Griffin 1 9 9 16 15 7 1 2 60
Hightower Trail 3 4 2 7 4 2 7 2 31
Lindley 1 3 9 20 25 1 3 2 64
Lindley 6th Grade Acad. 2 1 5 1 5 4 1 2 21
Lost Mountain 7 3 8 12 6 2 1 2 41
Lovinggood 0 2 5 4 13 6 0 3 33
Mabry 0 2 5 14 19 3 5 1 49
McCleskey 0 6 8 17 22 8 9 5 75
McClure 4 4 9 10 8 5 2 3 45
Palmer 6 1 4 4 5 1 2 1 24
Pearson 0 1 7 2 6 0 3 0 19
Pine Mountain 4 6 6 9 5 7 0 5 42
Simpson 0 3 10 7 6 6 5 2 39
Smitha 0 4 7 8 7 6 6 2 40
Tapp 1 2 11 9 11 5 9 9 57
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8
High Schools Active Active Active Active Active Active Active Active Cumulative
Allatoona 3 13 19 22 27 12 10 4 110
Campbell 1 13 11 25 17 6 13 13 99
Cobb Horizon 0 2 3 1 1 3 1 0 11
Cobb OLA – High 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2
Harrison 0 6 15 17 19 18 18 8 101
Hillgrove 7 12 18 14 18 11 7 9 96
Kell 3 1 4 15 15 8 9 2 57
Kennesaw Mtn. 7 6 12 19 6 8 13 9 80
Lassiter 5 7 12 14 11 13 5 5 72
McEachern 5 5 18 27 27 7 8 5 102
North Cobb 3 6 19 18 19 5 15 3 88
Osborne 1 4 8 15 10 19 17 24 98
Pebblebrook 0 9 13 19 15 1 16 9 82
Pope 3 8 7 2 13 7 1 1 42
South Cobb 0 11 18 10 7 5 9 4 64
Sprayberry 7 12 32 69 26 4 6 6 162
Walton 4 13 33 17 21 7 7 1 103
Wheeler 3 13 15 17 12 8 8 3 79

 

As of August 19, 2021, the CDC states that “Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.”

As of August 20, 2021, the Cobb County School District’s public health protocols state that face masks are “strongly encouraged but optional for students and staff, unless following CCSD quarantine protocol.”

Cobb County is an outlier in the Atlanta area. Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties are requiring masks in schools, as is the city of Atlanta. Cobb County Manager Jackie McMorris announced on Tuesday, August 17, that masks will be required in all county facilities, an order that doesn’t include Cobb County schools.

The Cobb County Department of Public Health has issued guidance, recommending the school district follow the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines recommending universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.

In Forsyth county, one of the few other metro counties without a mask mandate, nearly 800 students and 100 staff had active cases of COVID-19 as of August 20.  In response, the district announced that “effective Monday, August 23rd, all students and staff are encouraged to wear a mask, when feasible, while indoors. This includes in the classroom and on our buses.”

Many school leaders are requiring masks in an effort to avoid disruptive quarantines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their guidance over the summer noting that if everyone in a classroom is masked and 3 feet or more apart, students don’t have to quarantine as long as they don’t show symptoms.

More than 25 Georgia teachers and staff members have died of COVID-19 since August 11, 2021, Channel 2 Action News can confirm.  They were teachers and coaches. They were bus drivers and school resource officers. They were administrative assistants and day care teachers. They were lunchroom managers and education specialists.  The youngest was just 24 years old.

What to know if you or your child is infected:

According to the CDC, symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

Look for these symptoms for possible cases of COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
Watch out for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, please seek immediate emergency medical care:
  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

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