About 260 employees in Georgia’s largest school district have been “fired” after being tested positive for the coronavirus or exposed to the virus, the county told NBC News on Monday.
Sloan Roach, a spokesman for the Gwyneth County School District – which has approximately 180,000 students in the Atlanta subway area – said the number was roughly on record from last Thursday. She did not answer a follow-up question on whether the number covers the total number of employees who have been reduced or exposed since the beginning of the pandemic.
“This number is important because we continue to have new reports and others returning to work,”
Roach said that by tracking contacts, they identified most of the cases stemming from the spread in the community, and many employees called patients who did not attend school or work.
“Given the number of COVID cases in Gwinnett, we would expect to see positive results among our employees,” Roach said. The county, Georgia’s second-largest, has reported nearly 18,000 cases since the pandemic began, but only 4,000 in the past two weeks, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Two hundred and forty people in Gwinnett have died from the virus.
The county announcement comes as Georgia approaches 200,000 cases and 4,000 deaths and as schools weigh the risks of reopening with personal instructions.