Harrison HS student tests positive for COVID-19 forcing nearly 200 people to quarantine

163 students and 30 staff members have been contact traced and must remain quarantined through Friday.

News 12 Staff

Oct 21, 2020, 7:10 PM

Updated 1,360 days ago

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The Harrison Central School district says a high school student tested positive for COVID-19 and now nearly 200 people need to quarantine.
According to officials, the student was last in school on Oct. 9 and was back on campus the next day. They say that student became symptomatic on Sunday, Oct. 11 and was tested on Wednesday, Oct. 14.
However, they say they did not find out about the student's positive test result until Monday.
A total of 163 students and 30 staff members have participated in contact tracing and must remain quarantined through Friday.
To contain the possible spread, the district says classes will be remote and after-school activities and athletics at the high school are canceled for the rest of the week. Classes are virtual, but all teachers who are not quarantining are still reporting to the building even with hundreds under quarantine orders.
So far, the school has not said anyone else has tested positive.
Superintendent of Harrison City School District Dr. Louis Wool says the county ordering a large number of people to quarantine is warranted. “In the case of this student who is in multiple classes during the day, even though everyone in the class was 6 feet apart and wearing a mask including the teacher, we're still required as an abundance of caution to quarantine all of those individuals,” says Dr. Wool.
So far, the district isn't reporting any new cases connected to the first positive test.
The district is planning to return to in-person learning on Monday.


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