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VALDOSTA – Less than 20 students have COVID-19 while more than 30 students have been designated as "close contacts" in connection with the coronavirus in the Lowndes County School System, according to the system's weekly COVID-19 update.

The school system has substituted "close contacts" with what had been the number of students quarantined in past reports. The specific close contact number is 33 students due to school exposure, according to the report released Friday, Oct. 8.

Lowndes County Schools reported 15 or .14% of students have a positive case of COVID-19 out of the system's student population of 10,656.

Two or .14% of school employees have tested positive out of 1,390 employees and none have been designated as a close contact due to possible exposure at school, according to the report.

"For the past seven days, 99.54% of our 12,046 staff & students were at school and work. Those off-campus include 17 positive cases and 38 community exposures," according to a statement issued by the Lowndes County School System. "Virtual instruction is offered to any student while quarantined or isolated if the COVID Reporting form is completed, located on our website under For Families/COVID Reporting."

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