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The weekly COVID-19 counts nearly three in Cherokee County schools



All six high schools were reporting new cases.

Etowah and Woodstock High Schools have been closed due to their outbreaks, with each reporting 13 students newly infected this week leaving 170 and 249 students under quarantine respectively.

Etowah became a national focus last week after a photo showing a number of seniors gathered together without masks for a school moment went viral online. However, no elderly person reported an infection last week and only two of the newly infected this week were elderly, according to the district list.

Two senior Etowah English language teachers tested positive for COVID-1

9 last week, as one did this week, along with a teacher described as “digital”.

Cherokee High had a dozen students reporting infections and 125 placed under quarantine this week but has remained open. So does Creekview High with seven new student infections and 161 quarantined students this week.

River Ridge and Sequoyah High Schools had a new section infected by students this week, with two dozen students quarantined this week in the first school and 30 in the second.

Most of these schools enrolled about 2,000 students last year, though Cherokee High reported about 2,700 and Etowah High was close to 2,400. About 1 in 4 students across the country choose online tuition to start the school year.

See the full list of school issues and quarantine counts here.




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