Two students from the West Washington Schools contact tracing that were considered “close contact” have received positive Covid-19 tests.
That brings to three the total of West Washington students who have so far tested positive for Covid-19.
There were 12 individuals considered “close contact” from the school’s investigation of the individual that tested Covid positive this weekend.
Sunday morning, the school announced it was moving to an online virtual education setting on Monday, August 24 for one week only.
Seven of the “close contact” individuals have tested negative. The remainder are awaiting results, according to the school’s social media site.
Regardless of test results anyone determined to be in “close contact” must be quarantined for 14 days from the last contact and cannot return to school until the 14 days have passed.
Superintendent Keith Nance said earlier this week the school intends to be back for in-person education on Monday, August 31.
After contacting the Washington County Health Department about the two additional positive results, the school was instructed that no additional contact tracing needed to be completed due to the timeline.
“We will continue to follow up with those that are awaiting test results,” Superintendent Keith Nance wrote on social media.
Changes have recently been made by the state department of health about symptom screening and return to school protocols. (see graphic below)
As a result of the initial positive case, West Washington’s game with Crawford County was canceled due to the decision of Crawford County Health Officer Dr. Devi K Pierce, MD.“Pierce said that since WW wasn’t in school due to Covid 19 they couldn’t come here to play sports of any kind,” according to Crawford County AD Jerry Hanger. “We have to follow her rules.”
The Senators have been searching for another team to play this Friday night.
Nance said he hopes to make an announcement by this afternoon (Thursday).