Three COVID-19 cases confirmed at Salem elementary, high school since start of school year


SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — In the past two weeks, Salem City Schools has announced three coronavirus cases from two schools within the district.

The school district first sent a letter on Sept. 7 to announce a coronavirus diagnosis from a member of the Salem High School community who was last on school premises on Sept. 1.

On Monday, Sept. 14, Salem City Schools sent two more letters to other schools within the district about positive coronavirus cases.

The first letter went to Salem High School, warning the community about a person testing positive. While officials say this person has not been inside the school during the school day over the course of the 2020-21 academic year, this person has participated in an after-school activity, most recently on Sept. 8.

Meanwhile, the other letter sent Monday went to families and staff members from South Salem Elementary School. According to this letter, the person who tested positive was last on school premises on Sept. 3.

For all three cases, the school district says officials determined there was no known exposure to students or staff while these individuals were on campus.

However, parents are asked to monitor the health of their children and their other family members for any symptoms of the coronavirus, as well as practice healthy behaviors promoted by health officials.

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