New COVID-19 case reported among staff at O.T. Bonner Middle School in Danville

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Just one day after Danville Public Schools announced students would temporarily return to virtual learning after Thanksgiving break amid a recent increase in local coronavirus cases, a new case was reported from a Danville middle school.

According to Danville Public Schools, officials learned about the positive COVID-19 case among the O.T. Bonner Middle School staff on Monday, Nov. 23. 

The school district’s pandemic coordinator, Billy Chaney, immediately began contact tracing, but according to a statement from Danville Public Schools on Monday, there were no exposures identified within the district.

Officials say the individual in question was last in the school building on Friday, Nov. 20. 

Not only has Danville Public Schools notified all parents and staff at Bonner, but also the Virginia Department of Health. 

“Based on the mitigation efforts currently in place, we are confident that these incidents are contained and no further action is necessary,” Danville Public Schools said Monday.  

This news comes the day after after the school district’s announcement about going virtual from Nov. 30 through Dec. 4 amid a high number of positive coronavirus cases and exposures in the last week.

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