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Monroe Central HS closed by coronavirus

Another Switzerland of Ohio school has been closed due to COVID-19.

Beallsville school was shuttered from Sept. 22 through Oct. 5. But now, Monroe Central High School has been hit by the coronavirus.

According to the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District website, Monroe Central High School campus is closed due to the number of affected students and staff. The closure started Monday, Oct. 12 at the end of the school day and will end Monday, Oct. 19, to completely clean the facilities.

Swiss Hills Career Center students from Monroe Central, who are not on quarantine, were still being transported to classes as of Tuesday, Oct. 13.

According to the Monroe County Health Department, nine new COVID-19 cases were reported during the week of Oct. 5-11. Three confirmed positive cases were reported at Monroe Central, one at River High School and one at Woodsfield Elementary.

The nine new cases brought Monroe County’s total to 122 confirmed and probable cases, an increase from 113 the previous week. The number of active cases jumped from two to eight in the same period.

Close contacts of all confirmed positive cases were notified that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and quarantined for 14 days after their last exposure date. The health department has been monitoring each individual’s health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

The health department also reported that Ohio’s COVID-19 data continued to show an increase in cases across the state. With 96 percent of Ohio’s population now living in a red or orange county, residents were again urged to take steps to protect themselves and others.