WELCH, W.Va. – McDowell County Schools released the following statement on Tuesday afternoon, November 17th, 2020.

In working with the McDowell County Health Department, McDowell County Schools confirmed 1 positive COVID-19 case at McDowell Career and Technical Center.

Contact tracing as well as deep cleaning is now complete. It was determined by the McDowell County Health Department after conducting contact tracing that the Career Tech Center campus will not need to be closed.

Instructional plans for those quarantined by the McDowell County Health Department will be shared with families and students by the classroom teacher in a timely manner.

The confirmed case is believed to have resulted from community events and/or contact and not from infection transmissions within the school. In accordance with privacy laws, information specific to this case will not be released publicly, however this announcement is made to keep the community informed of the transmission of COVID-19 locally.

To prevent the spread of COVID -19, everyone is urged to follow best health practices as issued by the Governor’s Executive Orders and outlined by the WVDHHR and the WVDE guidance. This includes wearing face coverings, and practicing social distancing, hand washing and following cleaning protocols regularly.

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