Officials: Two new cases of COVID-19 at East Salem, G.W. Carver Elementary Schools in Salem

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SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — Officials with the Salem City School District have confirmed two new cases of COVID-19 as of Monday.

The first positive case reported to parents and staff on Monday, Oct. 26, involves a person at East Salem Elementary.

East Salem Elementary Principal Hunter Routt says the person was last on the school grounds on Oct. 20 and the local health department has determined that there was no known exposure to students or staff.

The second positive case involves a person at G.W. Carver Elementary.

G.W. Carver Elementary Principal Kristen Schmidt says the person was last on the premises at the school on Oct. 23 and did have exposure with other members of the school community. Those known exposures have been contacted by the school.

“G.W. Carver will remain open at this time. We are working closely with the Virginia Department of Health to identify anyone else who had close contact with the person to determine if they might have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. If you or your child are identified as having been potentially exposed, the Virginia Department of Health will contact you to ask that you please stay home and monitor for symptoms…”

Kristyn Schmidt, Principal of G.W. Carver Elementary School

View a copy of both letters sent to parents at each school relating to each positive case.

Letter to parents at East Salem Elementary:

Letter to parents at G.W. Carver Elementary School:

These cases, plus the other cases reported by Salem City Schools compiles a total positive caseload to 13 at the district during the month of October. Other positive cases include two at Andrew Lewis Middle School, two at East Salem Elementary School, two at West Salem Elementary School, two others at G.W. Carver Elementary School, and three at Salem High School.

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