Covid cases rise slightly in Fayette schools in past week


Total new positive Covid-19 infections rose slightly among students and staff members in the week ended Jan. 29, according to a report from the Fayette County School System. Quarantine numbers also rose.

There were 54 total new Covid cases during the week of Jan. 23 through Jan. 29, an increase of 10 more cases than the previous week, the two weekly reports indicated.

The numbers of students and teachers in quarantine because of exposure rose from 357 to 479, a weekly increase of 122 students and staff members, the reports indicated.

But the numbers of schools reporting no new cases rose also. Five elementary schools had perfect marks during the past week: Peachtree City, North Fayette, Inman, Cleveland and Burch elementaries, compared to the four the previous week, according to the latest system report.

The schools hardest hit with both positive cases and quarantined exposures were Whitewater High School with 61 sidelined staff and students; and 60 at Crabapple Elementary.