Ford said the state has nearly reached 200,000 coronavirus cases since testing began earlier this year. About 10 percent of those cases came in the 12-day period between July 21 and Aug. 2.
“These times are unprecedented,” Ford said. “This is a problem because we are continuing to see an upward trend.”
The state is currently seeing about 2,500 new cases each day. In DeKalb, 55% of new COVID-19 cases are folks 19-44 years old. While the initial focus was on a more vulnerable 60-and-over crowd, the residual impact from the virus as people continue recovering is still being learned as people develop other issues.
“There are a lot of side effects that we’re still discovering,” Ford said. “There seems to be a belief that if you survive COVID, you’re good.”
Coaches are being trained on protocols around social distancing and cleaning, Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris says. They’re also being taught to be on the lookout for symptoms in students.
Not covered during the town hall was how many student-athletes have tested positive and what the district does when it received notification of a positive test. Last week, practices at Lakeside and Dunwoody high schools were temporarily suspended after several students tested positive for the virus.