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UPDATE: Officials confirm 2nd COVID-19 case at Martin Elementary

Published: Sep. 18, 2020 at 5:01 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 1, 2020 at 6:16 PM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - A second COVID-19 case has been confirmed at Martin Elementary School in Parkersburg, according to a spokesman for Wood County schools.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department notified the school district of the confirmed positive case, and health officials said they are working closely with Wood County Schools to identify anyone who might have had close contact with the person. Officials did not say whether the person is a student or an employee.

The school is scheduled to remain open, but students will not be in the classrooms on Friday because it’s a scheduled day for remote learning under the district’s re-entry plan that’s currently in place, the spokesman said.

Anyone who needs to be quarantined, based on the guidance of the Center for Disease Control, will be contacted by the health department, officials said.

The first positive case announced Sept. 18. involved an employee and resulted the families of students in the affected person’s classroom to be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The health department said it conducts an investigation into each positive COVID-19 case to identify and notify those known to be in close contact with the affected individuals.

“If there is a chance that you, or your child, may have been exposed and the health department can trace that activity to you, you will be notified, the MOVHD said in a news release. “Please understand that contact tracing and testing takes time and that there are levels of contact: low, medium, and high. Notifications will be made while maintaining confidentiality when a close contact is confirmed and quarantine is necessary.”

The MOVHD also said it will notify Wood County Schools when an employee or student is placed in quarantine.

Wood County Schools will continue to take appropriate actions, working in collaboration with the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, to protect the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff.

“To keep our schools open to our children, it will take our entire community following established COVID-19 protocols including hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, use of face coverings, and practicing social distancing,” the school district said in a statement. “We appreciate your on-going support and commitment to the health and well-being of the Wood County Schools community.”

ORIGINAL STORY

An employee at Martin Elementary School in Parkersburg has tested positive for COVID-19, Wood County school officials said in a news release late Friday afternoon.

Families of all students at the school have been notified and the families of students in that person’s classroom have been asked to self-quarantine students for 14 days based on guidelines set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a spokesman for the Board of Education said.

School officials were notified of the positive test by the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department.

Students were not in class on Friday, because under the school system’s blended-learning plan Friday’s are a remote day for all students.

A Wood County Schools spokesman said all students will continue on a staggered schedule next week, with half of the students in class on Monday and Wednesday and the other in class on Tuesday and Thursday.

In a news release, the MOVHD said it is working closely with school-system officials to identify anyone who might have had close contact with the person who tested positive for the virus.

The health department said it conducts an investigation into each positive COVID-19 case to identify and notify those known to be in close contact with an infected person.

"If there is a chance that you, or your child, may have been exposed and the health department can trace that activity to you, you will be notified, the health department said. “Please understand that contact tracing and testing takes time and that there are levels of contact: low, medium, and high. Notifications will be made while maintaining confidentiality when a close contact is confirmed and quarantine is necessary. The health department will notify Wood County Schools when an employee or student is placed in quarantine.”

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