Number of positive COVID-19 cases at Giles County Schools drops from 74 to 53 in a week

New River Valley News

GILES COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Several days after in-person instruction resumed at Giles County Public Schools, the district reported a drop in the number of COVID-19 cases among students and staff members, going from 74 to 53 over the last week.

According to the district’s Facebook post from Thursday, Sept. 16, there are 48 positive student cases and five positive staff cases across six schools. Below is a breakdown of the reported case numbers at various Giles County schools:

School officials say that they want to stress proper practices each day, particularly when it comes to wearing face coverings.

Last week, the district announced students would transition to remote instruction from Wednesday, Sept. 8 through Friday, Sept. 10 because the high coronavirus rate within the community would interfere with the ability for schools to perform vital functions in a safe and effective manner.

Then, on Thursday, Sept. 9, Giles County school officials reported a total of 74 positive coronavirus cases — almost three times the number of cases reported on Thursday, Sept. 2, and more than nine times the number of cases reported on Friday, Aug. 27 — from five schools.

However, on Monday, Sept. 13, students returned to the classroom for in-person learning. The district says masks are required for everyone within the school buildings, no exceptions

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