Since schools resumed in-person classes two weeks ago, the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) has 20.36% of its student population in quarantine due to increasing COVID-19 cases.
For the week of Jan. 14, the district reported 3% of students and 7% of personnel had tested positive for COVID-19. Meanwhile, 20.4% of students and 8% of staff were in quarantine.
During that same week, 6.7% of students were not in class because of staffing availability issues. The previous week, 2% of students and 6% of personnel tested positive for COVID-19 while 7.9% of students 4.2% of personnel were in quarantine.
Over the last two weeks, five schools in the district moved to virtual learning because of confirmed positive COVID cases among staff and students that have impacted staffing availability. Last week, SCCPSS said rolling closures are expected in the future because of increasing cases and the impact it could have on school staffing and students.
According to the Coastal Health District on Wednesday, 1,481 new single-day cases were reported in Chatham County. The Georgia Department of Public Health website reported 25,521 new single-day cases statewide on Wednesday.
Increasing COVID cases in Bryan and Effingham counites
For the week of Jan. 10, Bryan County schools reported 244 students and staff who tested positive for COVID-19. It was an increase of 135 students and staff from the previous week.
While in Effingham County, the school district COVID-19 dashboard reported 150 students and 52 staff who tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of 133 students and 33 staff from the previous week.
As of Wednesday, Bryan County had 210 single-day new cases, and Effingham had 163 new cases, based on a data from a Georgia Department of Public Health website.
Bianca Moorman is the education reporter. Reach her at BMoorman@gannett.com or 912-239-7706. Find her on Twitter @biancarmoorman.
This article originally appeared on Savannah Morning News: Around 20% of Savannah-Chatham students in quarantine after 2 weeks