Washington High School (WHS) was on a two-hour delay Wednesday morning following a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 by Fayette County Public Health (FCPH).
According to the district, Washington Court House City Schools was notified Tuesday that Washington High School had a positive case of COVID-19. At the time, the health department was working diligently with the family and district to complete the thorough contact trace process.
“Due to this situation, Washington High School will be on a two-hour delay (Wednesday) in order to give the health department adequate time to notify all individuals determined as close contact to the positive case,” the statement from WCHCS said.
During the morning those students who were not contacted by FCPH and were determined to not have been in close contact with the positive case were asked to report to WHS on the two-hour delay schedule, and buses for those students would run after the Cherry Hill routes were completed.
According to WCHCS, all other buildings were cleared through the contact tracing process and Cherry Hill, Belle Aire, and Washington Middle School students were asked to report to school at the normal time Wednesday.
“Our team will continue to exercise our comprehensive cleaning and safety procedures to ensure that WCHCS is a safe and healthy place to learn for everyone in the Blue Lion Family,” the statement said. “As always, please stay tuned to our official social media accounts for any updates as they become available.”
Also on Wednesday, FCPH updated the Fayette County COVID-19 numbers. According to its report, 11 new cases were confirmed Wednesday with one additional probable case. Additionally, there was one new hospitalization making three in total. As of Wednesday, there were a total of 22 active cases locally.
“We are investigating a possible outbreak, but the majority of the new cases are completely unrelated,” said FCPH Deputy Health Commissioner Leigh Cannon.
“FCPH is working with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to conduct contact tracing to determine if any of the close contacts of these individuals are sick,” the update said. “All of these close contacts are asked to quarantine themselves for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath. FCPH is highly committed to maintaining patient privacy and confidentiality. If you are not contacted, you did not have close extended contact with the cases.”
Finally, the district reiterated once again that those who did not receive notification on Wednesday were fine and could return to school.
For more information about Fayette County Public Health-OHIO visit https://faycohd.org/
The information in this article was provided by Washington Court House City Schools and Fayette County Public Health. Stay with the Record-Herald for more coverage of COVID-19 and its impact in Fayette County.