East Hall’s New Protocol for Coronavirus


On Tuesday, March 3rd parents and students at East Hall High School were sent a Remind message  informing everyone of a new protocol for the coronavirus. They are requiring all students that have traveled outside of the U.S. in the past 14 days to call their school for guidance regarding the COVID-19 before coming into school or attending any school activities. It also includes students who have had family members or individuals living at home who have traveled outside of the U.S. in the past 14 days. Hall County School District team members are also required to follow up with their supervisor. The Hall County School District has protocols in place for additional steps for those who have visited countries designated as “high risk” by the federal government. Countries such as China, Iran, South Korea, and Italy. 

The World Health Organization has reported 100,000 cases globally and has killed more than 3,300 people globally as well. There were two confirmed cases in metro Atlanta, Georgia. However Governor Kemp assures us that the risk level remains low for contracting it.

The Olympic games are scheduled on July 24th in Tokyo, Japan. However, because of the coronavirus the games might be postponed to a later date. Health officials are also saying that there will be screenings for the athletes and audience profilings. Either that or there will just be no audiences being able to partake and watch the games live. 

Not only will the coronavirus affect the olympic games but sports are already taking precautions to prevent this pandemic. Making games crowd-free to banning pre-match fair-play handshakes. 

The coronavirus is taking a toll on our economy as well.

”Advanced economies like the United States are hardly immune to these effects. To the contrary, a broad outbreak of the disease in them could be even worse for their economies than in China. That is because face-to-face service industries — the kind of businesses that go into a tailspin when fearful people withdraw from one another — tend to dominate economies in high-income countries more than they do in China. If people stay home from school, stop traveling and don’t go to sporting events, the gym or the dentist, the economic consequences would be worse.” According to The New York Times. 

If Georgia was to have an outbreak students would miss school until further notice and parents would have to stay home to provide for their children. Adults would miss work affecting our economy negatively and lowering productivity. 

To prevent yourself from catching COVID-19, you should wash your hands frequently, maintain social distancing, avoid touching your face, and practicing respiratory hygiene. Make sure you are well informed of the coronavirus as well and just keep yourself healthy by following up with your doctor when you’re sick.