Positive case at Washington High

An individual at the Washington High School have tested positive for COVID-19.

On Thursday afternoon, Superintendent Willie Stone sent a letter to district families informing them that someone at the high school tested positive for COVID-19.

This announcement closely follows four reported positive cases at Stewart during the week.

Stone did not identify the people, nor did he specify whether that person was a student or staff member.

In a spreadsheet on the district’s website, there were five students and four staff members absent due to COVID-19 symptoms or positive tests on Wednesday. There were also 23 students absent due to quarantine.

“We want to be as transparent as possible, but we also want to protect the individual’s health information,” Stone said.

In his letter, Stone said that the district is working closely with local public health officials to assist with contact tracing.

“Individuals who have been identified as having ‘close contact’ (as defined by local and state public health officials) with the individual who tested positive have already received a separate email communication or phone call regarding necessary procedures and next steps,” Stone wrote in his letter.

There have been three previously reported positive cases at Lincoln Elementary.

Stone said upon the advice of local public health offices, they ask parents and guardians to continue to monitor their student’s health for symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Daily absentee data can be found on the districts website under COVID-19 Data.