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Gwinnett County Public Schools report shows extent of COVID spread in first week of class

So far, there have been 539 confirmed student cases and another 114 probable cases.

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — In its first week back to school, Gwinnett County Public Schools reported more than 500 student cases of COVID-19, with nearly 500 active cases as of Wednesday.

The numbers reflect the first day of school last Wednesday, Aug. 4, which saw the return of kindergarten, 1st, 6th and 9th grade students, to Wednesday, Aug. 11.

High school juniors and seniors did not start until Monday, along with 4th, 5th and 8th graders. The district brought back 2nd, 3rd, 7th and 10th graders last Thursday.

The school district is Georgia's largest, with more than 177,000 students. It maintains a mask requirement for all students, staff and visitors.

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So far, there have been 539 confirmed student cases and another 114 probable cases. Among staff, there have been 68 confirmed cases with 17 probable cases.

In the most recent report detailing active cases, Gwinnett Public Schools reports 483 students with a currently active case of COVID-19 as of Thursday, 121 probable cases and 820 close contacts under monitoring.

Additionally, there are 20 reported active cases at the district's administrative offices.

Among the active cases, Archer High School in Lawrenceville has the largest current outbreak, with 17 confirmed cases, 11 probables and 19 students considered close contacts. Shiloh High School in Snellville reports 16 cases, while Collins Hill High School in Suwanee reports 13.

Another handful of high schools - Brookwood, Dacula, and Duluth - have outbreaks with more than 10 confirmed cases.

The largest outbreak at a middle school is at McConnell Middle School in Loganville, where there are 11 confirmed cases and 10 students considered close contacts.

Camp Creek Elementary School in Lilburn, with 11 cases and 17 close contacts, has the most significant outbreak among elementary schools.

Some schools, such as South Gwinnett High School, report a low number of confirmed cases (three) but a high number of close contacts under monitoring (34). That is similarly the case at Magill Elementary School, where there are seven confirmed cases and 28 close contacts.