County schools report 20 virus cases

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Oct. 1—VALDOSTA — More than 40 students have been designated as "close contacts" in connection with the coronavirus within the Lowndes County School System, according to the system's weekly COVID-19 update.

The school has substituted "close contacts" with what had been the number of students quarantined in past reports. The specific close contact number is 46 students due to school exposure, according to the report released Friday, Oct. 1.

Lowndes County Schools reported 20 or .19% of students have a positive case of COVID-19 out of the system's student population of 10,631.

Eleven or .79% of school employees have tested positive out of 1,390 employees and none have been designated as a close contact due to possible exposure at school, according to the report.

"For the past seven days, 99.37% of our 12,021 staff & students were at school and work," school officials said in a statement. "Those off-campus include 31 positive cases and 45 community exposures.

"Virtual instruction is offered to any student while quarantined or isolated if the COVID reporting form is completed, located on our website under For Families/COVID Reporting."

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