CAIRO — Cases of COVID-19 in Grady County Schools remained steady this week.

Six students were recorded as having a positive COVID-19 diagnosis Tuesday, a mark that remains unchanged from the same point last week. 

Southside Elementary had the largest outbreak of the virus in the county, with four students and an employee testing positive, leading to more than two dozen quarantines across the school.

Whigham School also had a child test positive for the virus, with 11 students and one employee being sent home.

A positive case of COVID-19 was recorded among a student at Shiver School. Six students there and an employee have been quarantined.

Sixty-three students and seven employees have been quarantined across the school system as a whole. Just one employee is known to have tested positive for the virus.

Superintendent Kermit Gilliard said schools have been following an updated set of guidelines from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how to best contain the novel coronavirus.

The new guidelines, released by the CDC earlier this month, shorten the quarantine period for most people who have been exposed to COVID-19 to as few as seven days in some cases, allowing students to return to class sooner than what was previously recommended.

Student athletes cannot participate in contests until a full 14 days have passed since their exposure, even if they satisfy the requirements to come out of quarantine during that period.

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