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Three positive COVID-19 tests reported in school district since Tuesday

By James Grob, jgrob@charlescitypress.com

The spread of COVID-19 seems to have slowed this week in the Charles City School District, with just three positive tests reported since Tuesday.

The district received notification from Floyd County Public Health on  Thursday that one individual at Charles City Middle School tested positive for the virus. The student is an 8th-grader.

On Wednesday, a staff member and a 10th-grader at Charles City High School tested positive, and there were no positive tests to report on Tuesday. There had been two positive reports at the high school on Monday

There is no evidence any of the individuals contracted COVID while at school.

Individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 will be allowed to return to school once they are 24 hours with no fever and symptoms are improving, and 10 days since symptoms started. If no symptoms, 10 days from the day of the test. The campus attendance office will monitor the return date.

Nine individuals in the district have been quarantined since Tuesday. A total of 136 individuals in the district have been quarantined since the start of the school year. Quarantined individuals have been in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19. This person they came in contact with is not necessarily connected with the school. Close contact is defined at being within 6 feet of someone for more than 15 minutes.

As of Thursday evening, there have been 37 individuals in the school district who have tested positive since the start of the school year, 30 of those at the high school and three of those at the middle school.

The district said it temporarily closed off all areas of the building the individuals used to clean and disinfect the spaces. It said Charles City is cooperating with the Floyd County Department of Health to take the steps necessary to protect the health of the district and community.

If a student has been within 6 feet of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for 15 consecutive minutes or more the district will call the student’s family with more details. The family should also expect contact from Floyd County Public Health.

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