Student tests positive for COVID-19 at Harrington Waddell Elementary in Lexington

(Photo: Courtesy Lexington City Schools Facebook)

(Photo: Courtesy Lexington City Schools Facebook)

LEXINGTON, Va. (WFXR) — Just days after transitioning the remainder of elementary and middle schoolers back to in-person learning, Lexington City Schools reported a student coronavirus case from Harrington Waddell Elementary School.

According to a statement released by Lexington City Schools on Tuesday, Nov. 17, the Harrington Waddell Elementary student was last on school premises on Thursday, Nov. 12, but the student did have direct exposure with other members of the school community.

While the school will remain open at this time, the custodial staff will thoroughly cleanse and disinfect the areas in Harrington Waddell Elementary School affected by the positive case before students or staff members use the premises, according to the school division.

Lexington school officials say they are working closely with both the Central Shenandoah Health District and the Virginia Department of Health to identify any potential close contacts of the student and determine if they were exposed to the virus.

If you or your child are identified as being potentially exposed, the Central Shenandoah Health District will reach out and request that you stay home; practice social distancing for 14 days from your last contact; and monitor for any signs of a cough, shortness of breath, or a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

However, if you are not contacted by the health district, you are not required to stay home or avoid activities at this time.

This news comes the same week that fourth, fifth, seventh, and eighth graders started four days of in-person learning.

Lexington City Schools reminds community members to self-monitor and stay home if you have any coronavirus symptoms. In addition, you are encouraged continue wearing face coverings, maintaining appropriate distancing, and washing your hands frequently and thoroughly.

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