Positive COVID-19 case reported at Amherst County High, officials say

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AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — School officials announced Tuesday a coronavirus diagnosis from Amherst County High School.

“We are working closely with the Central Virginia Health Department to begin contact tracing procedures and to determine the status of continued in person instruction,” said Amherst County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Rob Arnold in a statement released on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Even though this person was on school property on Friday, Sept. 11, and was directly exposed to other members of the Amherst County High School community, officials say the exposure has been contained and the school will remain open at this time.

The school district says anyone identified as having been potentially exposed will be contacted by Central Virginia Health Department and/or Amherst County Public Schools. If you are contacted by officials about potential exposure, you are asked to stay home; monitor for symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, or a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit; and follow social distancing guidelines for 14 days from your most recent contact.

However, if you are not directly contacted by the health department or Amherst County Public Schools, officials say you do not need to stay home or exclude yourself from activities at this time.”

“Amherst County Public Schools remains committed to implementing all health mitigation strategies and encourages all parents and staff to continue to monitor their health and the health of their families for COVID-19 symptoms,” school officials said in Tuesday’s statement.

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