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Preston High student tests positive for COVID-19

KINGWOOD — The Preston County Health Department and Preston County Schools confirmed Thursday that a Preston student has tested positive for COVID-19.

This is the first announcement since school started of a Preston student testing positive.

The positive case is “a Preston High student … We have determined no other students or staff has been exposed,” Preston County Health Department Director V.J. Davis said in an email.

In a post on Facebook, Preston County Schools said that on Thursday, “a confirmed COVID-19 case of an enrolled student at Preston High School has been reported by the Preston County Health Department.”

Health department and school officials said that the student has not been present in school since Sept. 17.

“Based on contact tracing interviews with the health department and due to the timing of symptom onset of the student, the health department has indicated that no students or staff were potentially impacted by this situation,” the post says.

Preston County Schools had a confirmed coronavirus case in a West Preston School employee Sept. 14. Both cases came in the second week of school for Preston students.

Preston County has remained in the green under Gov. Jim Justice’s color coded COVID-19 map. Students attend classes in person Monday through Thursday and engage in remote learning on Fridays.

On Friday, Davis reported Preston has 133 confirmed cases, 19 probable cases, four deaths, 143 have recovered and five cases are active.