A positive COVID-19 test result and contact tracing practices have placed 45 people within the Edwards County School District under quarantine.

According to David Cowger, superintendent of schools, 44 students and one staff member have been quarantined after a student tested positive for COVID-19 Friday afternoon. The resultant contact tracing procedures led to the postponement of the school’s Homecoming festivities Friday night, as well as the prevention of multiple student-athletes from taking part in sporting events over the next two weeks. 

The school first received news of the positive test from the parent of the student, followed by word from the Edwards County Health Office shortly thereafter.

Late in the afternoon of Friday, March 26, the district nurse was notified by the parent of the student who tested positive,” recalled Cowger. Shortly thereafter, the nurse was contacted by the EC Health Office confirming the positive case.

“At this point in time, contract tracing protocols were initiated.”

Due to privacy concerns, Cowger was not able to state whether the student in question was asymptomatic or was showing symptoms prior to the positive test result.

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