There are nine newly confirmed COVID-19 cases at the high school that suspended a 15-year-old who had tweeted a photo of a hallway packed with maskless students.
North Paulding High School in Dallas, Georgia, sent a letter to parents Saturday, saying, “At this time, we know there were six students and three staff members who were in school for at least some time last week who have since reported to us that they have tested positive.” The letter was published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Most or even all of the six students and three staff members who tested positive could have had the virus before the school reopened on Monday, August 3. As Harvard Medical School explains, “The time from exposure to symptom onset (known as the incubation period) is thought to be three to 14 days, though symptoms typically appear within four or five days after exposure,” and “a person with COVID-19 may be contagious 48 to 72 hours before starting to experience symptoms.”
But regardless of when those nine people were infected, their presence at a school where hallways were packed with students not wearing masks means that many other students and teachers were placed at risk of infections that could show up in test results in the near future. The high school has about 2,000 students.