Schools across North Georgia are experiencing a post-holiday surge in positive COVID-19 cases for both students and staff.
Across the board, districts report higher rates of COVID-19 and staffing shortages caused by the number of teachers and substitute teachers testing positive for the virus.
In Murray County, the uptick in positive cases was enough to warrant transitioning to distance learning Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
According to data published weekly to the Murray County Schools website, there have been more than 50 new student cases of COVID-19 this week and more than 20 new cases of COVID-19 among staff members.
The number of positive cases in nearby Whitfield County Schools was similarly high. For the week that ended Dec.