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Mon Schools: COVID cases, quarantines continue

The coronavirus stayed persistent in Monongalia County schools last week, with 58 students and five staffers testing positive.

Another 84 students ended the week in quarantine, the district said. Two staffers were also isolating for safety.

The district will again pick up in-school vaccinations on Thursday, after some clinics were canceled due to a snow day last week, Deputy Schools Superintendent Donna Talerico said.

Students between the ages of 5-11 will roll up their sleeves for the second dose that day at Mountainview, Brookhaven, Ridgedale, and Cheat Lake elementary schools, the district said.

Times are 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Mountainview; 10-11:15 a.m. at Brookhaven; 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at Ridgedale; and 1:15-2:30 p.m. at Cheat Lake.

Thursday’s clinic also comes under the working lockdown the district still has its place for its high schools and middle schools.

That came after two threatening messages on bathroom walls at Morgantown High were discovered last week.

Those threats, which Morgantown police later deemed to be not-credible, were believed to have been in response to a deadly school shooting in Michigan the week before.

Clinics after last Wednesday’s snow day still went as planned despite the lockdowns, Talerico said.

That’s because participants and any parents who may be accompanying their children had to pre-register first, she said.

“We’ve got all the safeguards in place,” she told The Dominion Post previously.

Across the Mountain State, meanwhile, people are still succumbing to COVID and its complications.

Twenty-two people died over the weekend, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said, bringing the state’s total of fatalities from the contagion to 5,107.

The most-recent victims include a 45-year-old man from Monroe County, the DHHR said.

Monroe was among the counties orange on the DHHR alert map Monday, as were Monongalia, Preston, Marion, and Harrison.

Seventeen counties were also in the red, the worst color for infection rates. Just two — Tucker and Pocahontas — were showing the safest hue of green.

The state Department of Education last week reported 119 outbreak cases at Point Pleasant High School in Mason County and 10 at Clay Middle, in Clay County.

All the cases were attributed to extracurricular activities, the department said.

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