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Campbell: Thursday’s COVID cases at UHS not related to ones the day before

Three more students tested positive for COVID at University High School on Thursday, but all were separate incidents – and not related to cases there the day before that put 11 members of the boys varsity basketball team on quarantine, among others.

Superintendent Eddie Campbell Jr. said 20 additional students from the school on Bakers Ridge will also isolate for two weeks as a precaution in the latest spate of cases.

In the meantime, the coronavirus was also a presence on the western end of Monongalia County at Clay-Battelle.

After a student tested positive for the coronavirus there, 20 students were also placed into quarantine, and that number includes five who shared a bus ride to school.

North Elementary recorded a positive case of a student Thursday, which also sent 21 students and two staffers home to quarantine from the school on Chestnut Ridge Road known for its international population.

No teachers at any of the affected schools tested positive or had to quarantine because of contact tracing, Campbell said.

The district’s specially designated COVID cleaning crew, formed in response to the pandemic, has already been over all three buildings for a through disinfecting.

Campbell reiterated what he said the day before regarding the coronavirus and the county school district.

Quarantines, he said then, don’t warrant closures.

“Right now, we’re going to keep doing what we’re doing,” the superintendent said.

“That’s business of keeping our kids safe and in front of their teachers in school.”

Some 7,500 of the district’s 12,500 students are back in their classrooms for five-day, in-person learning, following a mandate by the state Board of Education.

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