White County school superintendent delivers COVID update

Superintendent Dr. Laurie Burkett speaking to White County Board of Education (wrwh.com)

CLEVELAND – White County School System officials continue to monitor the COVID situation. Superintendent Dr. Laurie Burkett told board of education members Thursday night that they have eleven staff members who have tested positive with COVID, but she said of those, seven are scheduled to end their quarantine and return to school on Monday.

Student-wise, Dr. Burkett said less than 2.4% of the student population has reported positive. She said the numbers have gone up since Monday. Eleven students are scheduled to return to class Monday and ten more positive cases were reported this week. She described it as an ebb and flow type of situation.

Burkett assured the board that they are staying in constant contact with the local health department about the situation in the school system. With each school having a nurse on staff to help monitor, Superintendent Burkett said, “I believe we are in good shape.”

Tonight is the first home football game of the season for White County and Superintendent Burkett said at this time there are no changes for those attending, she just asks everyone to help by spreading out at the stadium.

At least five Northeast Georgia area football games were canceled tonight due to COVID.

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