As of Thursday, Fayette County schools, which have a mask warrant, had identified 10 total positive cases of Covid-19 in schools since the first day of school on Monday, August 16.

The cases have included four at Fayetteville PK-8, two at Oak Hill High, two at New River Intermediate, one at Oak Hill Middle and one at Valley PK-8, according to school officials.

Teri Harlan, administrator of the Fayette County Health Department, said Thursday there was no need for school closings or classroom closures so far. She said an unidentified sports team is involved in a quarantine situation. Harlan declined to disclose further details.

Meadow Bridge High / Middle athletic director Dwayne Reichard said none of Meadow Bridge’s high school or middle school teams are currently in quarantine, although a high school football player has had to quarantine himself and miss a recent scrum as a result of non-sport contact tracing.

Superintendent Gary Hough said the sports quarantine is expected to expire by the first of next week.

Hough also said three more positive cases of Covid-19 in schools would be reported on Friday morning.

He reiterated that any family with someone showing symptoms of Covid-19 should take advantage of the tests available. “Testing is a real key,” Hough said.

Hough also said that meeting the school system’s mandate to mask has largely gone well. Schools in Fayette County are under a mask mandate for the first two weeks of the school term. After August 27, school officials will adjust the guidelines as necessary based on the transmission of Covid-19 in the county.

Those who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 do not have to self-quarantine if they have been exposed to someone with Covid-19, Harlan reminds local residents.

“Of course, it is their (parents) choice whether they want to have their child vaccinated or not. But if they don’t, then if they are exposed, they will have to follow the quarantine order.”

In Thursday’s report on the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources dashboard, Fayette County had gone from gold to amber on the DHHR County Alert System map. with a positivity of 5.52% and an infection rate of 28.97. The county had 94 cases in the previous seven days and there were 275 active cases of Covid-19 in Fayette on Wednesday, August 18. On August 12, 201 active cases. On July 19, there were 21 active Fayettes. case.

“We just had an increase in numbers across the county,” Harlan said.


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