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Parkersburg South closed to students Thursday due to coronavirus report; students to attend virtually

On Wednesday evening, Wood County Schools officials were asking students at Parkersburg South High School to operate remotely Thursday in light of an individual testing positive for COVID-19, according to a press release from the Wood County Board of Education.

Staff will report to school as usual.

The timing of the report was the cause of the closure, which will allow the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department to properly conduct contact tracing, and proper authorities will inform those who may have been exposed to the individual.

“Contact tracing and testing takes time, therefore out of an abundance of caution, the (PSHS) campus will not be open (Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020), but all students are asked to attend classes as a remote learning day,” the press release said.

All regularly scheduled activities are set to continue. Wood County Schools will alert students of any changes, according to the release.

“At this point there is no change in weekend activities unless we figure out otherwise,” a spokesperson from the Wood County Board of Education said.

Also on Wednesday, two other COVID-19 cases were reported in Wood County Schools, one at Blennerhassett Middle School and the other at the Wood County Schools Transportation Department.

At the current time, the district had already taken steps to inform individuals that were believed to be directly exposed to the positive individuals. If a person is not contacted by the principal or school nurse, no action is needed at this time.

The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department is working closely with Wood County Schools to identify any other potential persons who may have had close contact with the individuals that tested positive for COVID-19.

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