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A second Fulton County Schools employee has coronavirus

This employee worked at the same school as the previously-announced case.

EAST POINT, Ga. — Fulton County Schools officials announced on Wednesday that another employee has COVID-19, or coronavirus.

Fulton County public health officials notified Fulton County Schools that an employee at Woodland Middle School in East Point has been confirmed to have COVID-19.

The school is already closed because a different employee who served that school, and Bear Creek Middle, previously tested positive.

Woodland Middle School was scheduled to re-open on March 17 based on the exposure in the first case; however, the second employee with the virus was last in school on March 9 and the date to re-open is being moved to Monday, March 23, which is the same as Bear Creek Middle School.

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The district said students and employees who are identified as having had direct and prolonged contact with the employee are being contacted by the Fulton County Public Health Department and directed to self-quarantine.

"The current case at Woodland Middle School does not pose any additional exposure to other locations and staff throughout Fulton County Schools," the district said. Because of that, all other schools will re-open and continue regular schedules on Thursday, March 12, as previously announced.

"Fulton County Schools will continue to exercise precautions to lessen the spread of illness by encouraging staff and students to wash their hands regularly and through cleaning and disinfecting all schools, buses and facilities," the district said. 

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The entire school district was closed on Tuesday and Wednesday for cleaning.

They said on that they were doing "more than just cleaning the schools" as custodial crews were working in every school and administrative building.

In Georgia, the risk of contracting COVID-19 remains low, according to officials. At 11Alive, we’re focusing our news coverage on the facts and not the fear around the virus. To see our full coverage, visit our coronavirus section, here: www.11Alive.com/Coronavirus.


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