Stewart Elementary in Washington sees two positive COVID-19 tests

WASHINGTON — Two individuals at Stewart Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19.

Tuesday afternoon, Superintendent Willie Stone sent a letter to district families informing them of the positive tests at Stewart/

Stone did not identify the people, nor did he specify whether the two were students or staff members.

In a spreadsheet on the district’s website, On Monday there was one student and three staff members absent due to symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test.

“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. This is the first report of the virus at Stewart.

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.