Covid

Fayette County Schools Tuesday confirmed two more positive Covid-19 cases in the school system.

Working with the Fayette County Health Department, the school system revealed two cases, one at the Fayette County Board of Education office and one at New River Intermediate.

All told, the county school system has had nine Covid-19 cases, none which were attributed to inside transmission, said Superintendent Gary Hough. No schools have had to close due to presence of a case. The board office will continue to operate as it has in recent months, he added.

The cases involve individuals whose identity and status (teacher, student, staff, etc.) are not revealed in accordance with privacy laws. General details are provided to keep the community informed of the transmission of Covid-19 in the community, according to a press release from Hough.

The Fayette County Health Department has conducted the necessary contact tracing and investigations, and all individuals involved have been contacted, the release noted.

The school system is currently operating in a blended model of delivering instruction and will undertake a return to five-days-a-week in-person instruction only when both metrics of the DHHR county daily alert system map reach green status for one week.

To prevent the spread of Covid-19, individuals are urged to follow best health practices included in Gov. Jim Justice's executive orders and outlined in guidance from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and the West Virginia Department of Education. This includes wearing face coverings, and practicing social distancing, hand washing and cleaning protocols regularly.

Those who think they should be tested for Covid-19 are asked to contact their primary care provider, local hospital or local health care clinic. For more information about Covid-19, visit www.coronavirus.wv.gov or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

For details about WVDE and DHHR guidance documents, visit https://wvde.us/COVID19.

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