Three coronavirus cases reported at two Amherst County elementary schools


AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Two Amherst County elementary schools are set to remain open after three individuals at the schools were diagnosed with COVID-19.

Amherst County Public Schools says two of the cases announced on Tuesday, Dec. 8, came from Elon Elementary School while the third case came from Amherst Elementary School. However, both schools will reportedly remain open at this time.

According to the school district, these three cases are considered to be part of community spread rather than school-based transmission.

If you are identified as having been potentially exposed to at least one of these coronavirus cases, you will be contacted by the Central Virginia Health Department and/or Amherst County Public Schools.

In addition, if you are contacted, you will be asked to stay home; monitor for symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, or a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit; and practice social distancing for two weeks from your most recent contact.

However, if you have not been directly contacted by health or school officials, you do not need to stay home or avoid activities at this time.

“Amherst County Public Schools remains committed to implementing all health mitigation strategies and encourages all parents and staff to continue to monitor their health and the health of their families for COVID-19 symptoms,” Amherst County school officials said in a statement on Tuesday.

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