Georgia made national news Tuesday after photos from the first day of school in two school districts went viral due to the apparent lack of social distancing and safety precautions being shown.
Photos from Paulding and Cherokee Counties were shared on social media and were picked up by CNN and TMZ. The photos show packed hallways and group shots of students who are not socially distanced and not wearing masks.
As of Tuesday, Georgia had 197,948 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3,921 people had died from the virus.
In Cherokee County, there have been 2,976 cases and 57 deaths. Paulding County has had 1,495 cases and 19 deaths.
As of Friday, the Cherokee County School District reported that nine staff members throughout the school system had tested positive for COVID-19.