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COVID-19 spike reported at Arbor Springs


  • By Rebecca Leftwich
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  • Oct. 04, 2020 - 11:13 PM

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COVID-19 spike reported at Arbor Springs

The Newnan Times-Herald

Coweta County School officials are closely monitoring Arbor Springs Elementary School after several employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Six confirmed cases were reported among employees at Arbor Springs between Sept. 24 and Sept. 28. Positive test results also were reported, earlier, on Sept. 2 and Sept. 13.

In addition to staff members currently isolated, 12 Arbor Springs employees were unavailable to work because of quarantines.

“Additional positive tests and/or quarantines at the school may require that the school move to wholly virtual learning as an additional precaution,” stated a letter from Superintendent Evan Horton sent to parents and employees Wednesday.

No additional confirmed cases have been reported at Arbor Springs since Monday.

The school underwent deep cleaning and disinfection per Georgia Department of Public Health recommendations on Wednesday, according to the letter.

In addition to diligence in wearing face coverings and social distancing, DPH has recommended that Arbor Springs employees voluntarily limit travel as much as possible except to work and home.

The school system’s health department has conducted contact tracing on each Arbor Springs case, advised close contacts to quarantine, reported the cases to DPH and notified those who were not identified as close contacts about the infections.

Students and employees should continue to screen for any symptoms prior to coming to school. Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, chills, headache, cough, loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, congestion or runny nose, body aches and nausea/vomiting.

Those exhibiting symptoms should isolate at home and arrange for a COVID-19 test immediately.

“The Coweta County School System considers the health and well-being of our students, teachers and staff to be of utmost importance,” Horton wrote in the letter. “We will advise you of any further actions or guidance regarding Arbor Springs Elementary School.”

To view Coweta County School System’s current COVID-19 data, visit the “District COVID-19 Dashboard” at www.cowetaschools.net .