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Doddridge class quarantined

WEST UNION — The entire fifth grade class at Doddridge County Middle School is under quarantine after two fifth-graders tested positive for COVID-19 as announced by the Doddridge County Health Department on Sunday.

The health department reported a positive case Friday but received an additional positive test Saturday, according to the Doddridge County Health Department Facebook page.

“This second positive was a direct contact of the second half of the list who had been listed as no contact the day before. Now these kids were direct contacts also,” the health department said.

The fifth-graders were asked to say home, separate themselves from others, monitor health and follow all health department guidelines.

The students will be permitted to come back Oct. 9.

Later Sunday evening, the health department clarified some confusion involving siblings of the fifth graders.

Siblings do not need to quarantine as they were not in direct contact with the positive cases, the health department said.

On Monday morning, the health department said it is possible some fifth-graders were not in contact with the positive cases and they are still conducting their investigation.

As of Monday morning, the Doddridge County Health Department reported 29 positive and 13 active cases with one positive from the North Central Regional Jail and one death.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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