Lifestyle Health 260 Employees in Georgia School District Test Positive for or Exposed to COVID-19 The Gwinnett County School District serves about 180,000 students By Ally Mauch Published on August 4, 2020 11:37 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Shoppers in Georgia. Photo: VANO SHLAMOV/AFP via Getty Just one day after returning to in-person work, 260 employees in Georgia’s largest school district were confirmed to have tested positive for the coronavirus or to have been exposed to the illness. Last Wednesday, teachers in the Gwinnett County School District, which serves more than 180,000 students, began in-person planning for the completely virtual fall semester, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. By Thursday, 260 employees “had been excluded” from work due to exposure to COVID-19. "As of last Thursday, we had approximately 260 employees who had been excluded from work due to a positive case or contact with a case," the district’s spokeswoman, Sloan Roach, told CNN. "This number is fluid as we continue to have new reports and others who are returning to work.” Arizona Teacher Dies of COVID-19 After Sharing Classroom with Colleagues Who Also Tested Positive “Through tracing, we know that the majority of these cases are the result of community spread, meaning we have people who have called in to report who have not been at school or work,” Roach added to the AJC. Gwinnett County has the second highest rate of coronavirus cases in the state, with a total of 17,927. The county has also seen a recent spike in cases and has had the highest number of cases reported in Georgia in the last seven days, according to data from The New York Times. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, 240 people have died of the coronavirus in Gwinnett. News of the cases among employees in the Georgia school district comes as other districts across the country are weighing whether to hold in-person classes in the fall or go completely online, as Gwinnett County has done. A teacher checks temperature of students at a high school. Getty 260 Kids and Staff Test Positive for Coronavirus at Georgia Overnight Camp, CDC Says CNN reports that only one out of the 15 biggest school districts across the U.S. will be allowing students to return for in-person classes. At least 10 have decided to start the semester with online-only learning. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that “children of all ages are susceptible to” the coronavirus and “contrary to early reports … might play an important role in transmission.” The findings were part of a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report which revealed that 260 campers and staffers at a Georgia overnight camp had tested positive for the coronavirus. As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.