New COVID-19 school infections could be COVID-19 variant, Geneva Co. superintendent says

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SLOCOMB, Ala. (WDHN) — Slocomb High and Middle Schools are going virtual after a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases.

Geneva County School Superintendent Becky Birdsong said the district has had several new cases among students for the last few weeks.

Around eight to 10 cases have been reported among students while no faculty members have caught the virus.

Birdsong said even with this small number, the spread of COVID-19 in Slocomb schools is a cause for concern since it’s infecting students at a faster rate.

“The difference in this case and what we’ve had all year is that this may be one of the new strains of COVID that’s more contagious because our close contacts are testing positive whereas for the other part of the year they were not,” “We would send kids home for seven or 14 days, and they would be negative.”

Measures to sanitize the schools will be taken while the students learn online for the remainder of the week.

Birdsong said she hopes the virus has now been contained.

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