Pulaski County Middle School student tests positive for coronavirus

(Photo: Courtesy Piqsels/eflon/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 via MGN Online)

(Photo: Courtesy Piqsels/eflon/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 via MGN Online)

PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A middle school student in Pulaski County has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to school officials’ Wednesday evening announcement.

Pulaski County Public Schools released a statement on Wednesday, Sept. 23, that the Pulaski County Middle School student was last present on Tuesday, Sept. 22. However, officials say they determined proper mitigation strategies were followed in the areas where the student was present.

In addition, with students learning remotely on Wednesday, the school was reportedly cleaned thoroughly and ready to reopen on Thursday, Sept. 24, for students whose last names start with L-Z.

Pulaski County school officials say they will work alongside the New River Health District in the contact tracing investigation into positive cases.

This news comes after school officials announced a positive employee diagnosis at Pulaski County High School on Wednesday, as well as the positive diagnoses from a student and staff member at Snowville Elementary School and from a student at Pulaski County High School that were reported on Sept. 16.

The Pulaski County School Board is set to hold a special meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday in order to discuss the possibility of amending the school district’s reopening plan.

“The topics of discussion will pertain to the daily attendance percentages, use of cafeteria space, and transportation,” Pulaski County Public Schools wrote on Facebook Wednesday. “We do not anticipate any major changes to the plan that was approved in July but recognize that some guidance has changed since then which probably needs to be reflected in our plan.”

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