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School starts on Friday; Mineral County already has students on quarantine

KEYSER – Classes don’t start until Friday, and already students and staff in Mineral County are in quarantine due to COVID-19.

John Wilson, the district’s director of school safety, told the Board of Education Tuesday that just over 70 students are currently in quarantine.

“That’s in the last four to five days. What really surprises me is that the school hasn’t entered yet, but these are athletics.”

School officially starts for students on Friday, but fall sports teams start practicing on August 1.

Wilson also said the county currently has four students who have tested positive for COVID-19 “and several symptoms.”

“I expect many of them will end up positive,” he said.

Five employees are currently in quarantine.

“As far as I know, only two of them are positive, but not everyone has been reported yet,” Wilson said.

According to Director Troy Ravenscroft, this year’s new quarantine protocol has reduced the area of ​​infection from six feet to three feet. Last year’s law requiring anyone within six feet of a positive case to be quarantined caused a significant number of students to become infected at any one time.

“This year, we estimate that we will have to isolate about two-thirds of what we did last year,” he said.

Af For those students who have been vaccinated, Ravenscroft estimates that 12% of students aged 12 to 15 and 22% of those aged 16 to 20 had received the vaccine at this time, although children aged between 12 and 20 years had received the vaccine. They are between 19 and 20 years old, of course. Not included in Mineral County Schools.

However, Ravenscroft noted that 0% of children 12 years of age or younger have been vaccinated because they are not yet eligible.

Liz Beavers is Managing Editor at the Mineral Daily News Tribune and can be reached at lbeavers@newstribune.info

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