UPDATE (9/29/2020 5:30 p.m.):
FAIRMONT, W.Va. – There has been confirmation from the Marion County Health Department of two active positive cases at East Fairmont Middle School.
The health department verified that one of the cases found at the school was a student, and the other was a teacher. The Marion County Board of Education and the health department were speaking with one another until later Monday evening about what the next step will be in the situation.
“We were in communication late last night with the board of education and making sure we were in agreement with what we should be doing. I think they have done a really good job of getting information to which we can make a decision,” said Director Lloyd White. “It’s been a good corporate venture, working with these particular cases to make sure that we are doing the right thing, and of course always the safety of students, staff, and support personnel is going to be our top priority.”
White said these are the cases found in the Marion County school system this year. After contact tracing, the health department decided to quarantine the entire class that was with the two individuals.
White said right now it isn’t necessary to have a complete shutdown of the school because the blended method helped some students avoid exposure completely. White said the health department will continue to stay on top of the students who will return to school and any symptoms that may develop.
“I just want parents to feel at ease as much as possible. We have identified the contacts, we have quarantined them, so, that’s how epidemiology works. If we just continue to do the right things, and we’re here because people made poor decisions,” said White. “If we just continue to make good decisions and take the right precautions we will be okay. If not, we’ll have a lot more of these cases.”
If you feel like your student may have been exposed and were not contacted yet by the health department, White encourages you to call (304)-336-3360. If you want to get your child tested, White also said to wait until the five, sixth, or seventh day after being exposed for the most accurate result.
ORIGINAL (9/28/2020 9:51 p.m.):
FAIRMONT, W.Va. – Marion County Schools Superintendent Randall Farley announced three positive cases at East Fairmont Middle School.
According to the release, the cases include two students and one faculty and staff member. Farley explained that after conducting the necessary contact tracing and investigations, it was determined that those affected have been quarantined and no additional action is necessary at this time.
The release stated that in accordance with privacy laws, information specific to these cases will not be released publicly, however, details are being made available to keep the community informed of the transmission of COVID-19 locally.
The release detailed that to prevent the spread of COVID-19, everyone is being urged to follow best health practices as issued by the Governor’s Executive Orders and outlined by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) guidance. This includes wearing face coverings and practicing social distancing, hand washing and cleaning protocols regularly.