Georgia Southern reports 508 positive COVID-19 cases during second week


Andy Cole, Editor-in-Chief

STATESBORO — In what was anticipated to be a higher number than week one, Georgia Southern reported 129 confirmed and 379 self-reported positive COVID-19 cases during the second week back.

“As an institution of nearly 27,000 students and 3,350 employees, positive reports represent a very small proportion of our overall university population,” read a disclaimer on GS’ website. “We must remain vigilant in our efforts if we want to continue the semester as we have started.”

The disclaimer was posted above the chart and was not on the page last week.

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Of the 508 reported cases, 15 come from employees and 493 come from students, primarily on the Statesboro campus. 21 came from the Armstrong campus and none were reported from the Liberty campus.

The reporting comes on the heels of a New York Times article ranking Statesboro as #5 in the U.S. for fastest rise in case numbers and #6 in the U.S. for most cases in the last two weeks.

The George-Anne reached out to Jennifer Wise, director of communications, for comment on the rankings. She hasn’t responded to our request.

“University leaders are continuously assessing internal and external public health and safety factors, operational efficiency, and continuity of curriculum and service delivery to our students,” read the disclaimer. “We remain in frequent communication with the Georgia Department of Public Health, regional healthcare administrators, local government and community leaders, and the University System of Georgia.”

The full report can be found on GS’ website.