COVID-19 cases decline in Metro Atlanta schools after nearly 45k cases reported

ATLANTA — Metro Atlanta school districts have reported 44,737 cases of COVID-19 among students and staff since the start of the school year, but new cases in metro Atlanta schools have drastically declined since mid-September.

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Gwinnett County, Georgia’s largest school district, reported just 220 new cases of COVID-19 this week, down from 1,186 the week of Aug. 30.

Cobb County reported just 133 new cases of COVID-19 the week of Oct. 10, down from more than 1,700 cases the last week of August.

DeKalb County reported just 76 new cases this week.

The 7-day average for new COVID-19 cases reported in children ages 0 to 17 was 307 on Oct. 15, down from a daily average of 2,208 on August 28, an 86% decrease.

The drop in cases led two metro Atlanta school districts, Marietta City Schools and Henry County Schools, to drop their mandatory mask policy last week.

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Here’s a breakdown of the total cases reported for each district since the start of the school year:


Week of Oct. 10:

*In instances where districts don’t release cumulative totals, data reflects current active cases.

**Listings in bold have been updated by the county this week.

Atlanta Public Schools --2,610 (total cases)

Barrow County Schools -- 649 (total cases)

Buford City Schools -- 206 (total cases)

Butts County Schools -- 4 (active cases)

Carrollton City Schools -- 260 (total cases)

Carroll County Schools -- 1,521 (total cases)

Cartersville City Schools -- 282 (total cases)

Cherokee County -- 3,560 (total cases)

Clayton County Schools -- 1,411 (total cases)

Cobb County School -- 5,740 (total cases)

Coweta County Schools -- 1,767 (total cases)

Decatur City Schools -- 105 (total cases)

DeKalb County -- 2,834 (total cases)

Douglas County Schools -- 1,233 (total cases)

Fayette County Schools -- 896 (total cases)

Forsyth County Schools -- 2,649 (total cases)

Fulton County -- 3,665 (total cases)

Gainesville City Schools -- 252 (total cases)

Gwinnett County -- 6,780 (total cases)

Griffin-Spalding County -- 700 (total cases)

Hall County Schools -- 74 (active cases)

Henry County -- 2,165 (total cases)

Marietta City -- 356 (total cases)

Newton County -- 977 (total cases)

Paulding County Schools -- 2,418 (total cases)

Pickens County Schools -- 12 (current cases)

Rockdale County -- 684 (total cases)

Social Circle City Schools -- 117 (total cases)

Walton County Schools -- 810 (total cases)