AJC College COVID Tracker: Ga. Tech officials worried as cases rise

New Georgia Tech students with the assistance of their families begin moving in for the fall semester in Georgia Tech campus on Saturday, August 8, 2020. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)
New Georgia Tech students with the assistance of their families begin moving in for the fall semester in Georgia Tech campus on Saturday, August 8, 2020. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Georgia Tech officials sent another reminder Monday to students to act responsibly to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus as positive cases have increased in recent days.

The school reported 32 positive cases Saturday, its highest single-day total since Sept. 6, when it reported 29 positive cases. The seven-day moving average of daily reported cases surpassed 14 for the first time since early September, officials said.

The message does not specifically explain why there is an increase. Recent student cases have been evenly split between on campus and off campus.

“We must work together to stop the increase now,” the message said. “Health experts, including Dr. Benjamin Holton, senior director of Stamps Health Center, warn that much of this growth is driven by small student gatherings and interactions with people you might think are not at risk or who you believe follow more safety protocols than most. That false sense of security can lead to complacency. We’ve heard from many of you who have witnessed this on and around campus.”

Georgia Tech leaders have sent similar messages in recent weeks. In person classes end before Thanksgiving.

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