More and more states are having to adjust to the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We’ve seen companies mandate employees work from home, large-scale events and festivals canceled and now one of the largest school districts in Georgia is having to drastically respond to the virus as well.
WSB-TV reports that the Fulton County School System will close all its schools on Tuesday. This comes after an employee for the school system tested positive for COVID-19. The affected employee is currently in the hospital receiving treatment. The closures will allow the school to clean and disinfect all the affected schools. Officials for the school system are expected to release more details later on Monday about which schools were affected, what the plan is going further and whether further closures will follow.
Fulton County is the fourth largest school system in Georgia. It boasts about 93,500 students across 59 elementary schools, 19 middle schools and 18 high schools. Atlanta is among one of the cities located inside the Fulton County School System. Overall, there have been six presumed positive cases of COVID-19 in the state of Georgia.
While the virus’s spread seems to be slowing in China where it first originated, it has steadily been spreading through the United States. As of this writing, there have been 550 reported cases across 30 states with 22 deaths.
So remember folks, wash your hands, stay home if you’re not feeling well and cover your mouths when you sneeze or cough. Essentially, just practice basic hygiene folks. It can be a lifesaver.