Some Students in Georgia Will Return to Online Learning Due to The Omicron Variant

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The state of Georgia is seeing record high COVID-19 cases.

Both Fulton County Schools and DeKalb County Schools have announced they will return to online learning due to the COVID surge when the semester begins on Jan. 4. DeKalb reversed course after announcing earlier this week that students would be back in classrooms.

The governor's office and the state Department of Public Health recommend masking in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Gov. Brian Kemp sought last summer to bar local mask mandates but eased his order in August 2020 to allow cities and counties to impose limited face-covering rules. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms reinstituted a citywide mandate Dec. 21, requiring people age 10 and older to mask up in all public settings indoors. Savannah, Macon, and Athens also have mask orders in effect.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, the number of cases reported today reflects cases reported since the last website update, the website is not updated on weekends and state holidays.

Confirmed Cases: 17,641

Antigen Posit is Cases: 6,679

Confirmed Cases: 18
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All Georgia residents need to use caution at all times when they are in public areas. Keep in mind, you may be contacted by the Georgia Department of Public Health if we have determined that you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or a close contact of yours supplied your information because they tested positive for COVID-19. To prevent the spread of disease and help advise you if you do develop symptoms of COVID-19, please respond to the phone call from public health.

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. The most common symptoms of the disease are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. There are some additional symptoms some individuals may experience. Such as fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, or vomiting. If you have contracted the virus, symptoms may develop within 2 to 14 days, with a median of 4-5 days, from exposure.

You can view the Georgia Department Public Health website for Quarantine Guidance if you or if you know someone who has been exposed to COVID-19.

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