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Beallsville Campus goes remote due to COVID-19

After losing the last few months of the 2019-2020 school year, area schools had navigated through the beginning of the new school year without any coronavirus-related problems.

That changed Tuesday, Sept. 22.

The Beallsville Campus announced it would close through Monday, Oct. 5 due to a COVID-19 concern and deep cleaning.

According to a press release from the Monroe County Health Department, after a positive case was identified, he or she was isolated, and close contacts were identified.

A close contact is anyone who stood or sat within 6 feet of the positive case for 15 minutes, had direct physical contact, such as a hug or handshake, shared utensils, was nearby during a sneeze or cough, or anyone who cared for someone that was sick with COVID-19.

The Health Department notified the close contacts that they might have been exposed to COVID-19. The close contacts are then quarantined for 14 days after their last exposure date.

The Health Department has monitored each individual’s health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

As of Tuesday, Sept. 29, the confirmed case at Beallsville School has not resulted in any new positive cases.

There was an increase of only one new confirmed case during the week of Sept. 22-29, giving the county 111 total confirmed and probable cases.

There was one additional recovery during the week, keeping the number of active cases in the county at three.

While there have not been any additional positive cases among the close contacts from the case at Beallsville School so far, contact tracing is an effective way to limit an outbreak of the virus.

“The goal of contact tracing is to help prevent further spread of COVID-19, identify hotspots of infection, and protect friends, families and communities from infection,” the press release reads.

The Monroe County Health Department does not disclose the identity to the positive case contacts.

However, if someone tests positive, he or she is encouraged to notify anyone he or she has been in contact with so that they can remain home as well.

While in quarantine, it is important to limit contact in case you have contracted the virus.

“People who are isolated or quarantined should keep their physical distance from others in the home by staying in one room and using separate bathrooms,” the press release reads. “Do no leave (your) home unless necessary for medical care. Do not allow visitors in (your) home and wipe down high-touch areas every day with disinfectant.”

Beallsville plans to reopen its campus Monday, Oct. 5. Sports were permitted to resume Monday, Sept. 28, as long as the student-athletes were cleared to participate.