Metro Atlanta school districts report encouraging trend in COVID cases

Almost all districts across metro Atlanta are reporting a sharp drop in COVID-19 cases.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that 13 metro school districts recorded over 3,100 cases for the week ending September 17th. That is down from almost 6,000 in the final week of August.

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This is also in line with the latest numbers from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Officials with the DPH report that the seven-day average of cases among children ages 0 to 17 was 1,063 on Sept. 16, down from a peak of 2,183 on Aug. 29. That is more than a 51% decrease.

Nearly 1,400 cases of COVID-19 during the peak were among children ages 10 to 17. On Sept. 16, the seven-day average among children in that age group had dropped to 616, a 56% decrease.

In Gwinnett County, Georgia’s largest school district, there was a 38% decrease in new COVID-19 cases last week, compared to the peak during the week of Aug. 30.

In Cobb County, cases have declined 44% since the week of Aug. 30.

Cases of COVID-19 appear to mostly be mild in children, even during the surge of the highly-contagious delta variant, according to the American Association of Pediatrics.

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Bill Caiaccio

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