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Belpre Elementary School staffers, students put in quarantine

BELPRE — A positive COVID-19 case and a probable case per CDC guidelines were confirmed at Belpre Elementary School amongst non-teaching staff Wednesday in a press release on the Belpre City Schools website.

According to the release from Belpre Elementary Principal Lauren Keeling, contact tracing has been worked by Marietta-Belpre Health Department, resulting in two staff members and 41 students quarantined from the building.

A substitute staff for Belpre Elementary School has been secured and will continue operations, the release said.

“We did have two cases of COVID-19 (Wednesday) that we have to report, one positive case and one CDC probable case, which resulted in two staff members and 41 students being quarantined,” Belpre City Schools Superintendent Jeff Greenley said.

The release also stated that the Health Department staff have already called all impacted staff who have been identified as close contacts to provide them with more specific instructions and monitor them for symptoms.

Belpre City Schools will be having a virtual town hall today at 6 p.m. on its Facebook page to discuss how the current school year has gone, what current conditions of the COVID-19 spread look like, and take questions and concerns from the community.

“From what we’re seeing, we have seen an increase in Belpre just in terms of community spread, and so that we can talk to folks about what we’re hearing and we can take questions and concerns from them and listen to what our community is saying,” Greenley said.

Contact Tyler Bennett at tbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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