Northwest student tests positive for COVID-19

Northwest High School learns of positive COVID-19 case
Northwest High School learns of positive COVID-19 case(KSNB)
Published: Aug. 27, 2020 at 9:59 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - One student at Grand Island Northwest High School has tested positive for COVID-19 and the local health department is investigating to determine the number of staff and students who must quarantine.

The Central District Health Department notified Northwest Superintendent Dr. Jeff Edwards of the positive case late Wednesday evening. CDHD Director Teresa Anderson told Local4 on Friday that at one point Thursday they listed 60 students and staff for quarantine. Anderson said Friday that further investigation may indicate that some of those affected may not have to quarantine.

This is leading to some confusion, however, between the school and health districts.

Northwest Public Schools strongly recommends wearing masks in school, but does not require it. According to Anderson, that leads to a shift in procedures following a positive case. She says anybody who comes into direct contact or may have been in direct contact should quarantine for 14 days, and in this particular case, it has been confirmed that the student who tested positive was inside the school while not wearing a mask for several days.

When reached for comment, Superintendent Edwards did provide this statement:

“Northwest Public Schools has and always will have student safety at the forefront of what we do. We were notified late Wednesday of this positive case and are now seeking clarification on the quarantine notices that are being sent out. We look forward to working with the Central District Health Department to provide more clarity on this issue for our students, staff and parents.

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