Mt. Vernon High School Student Tests Positive for COVID-19

Mt. Vernon High School officials are reporting a positive case of COVID-19 within a student of the school.

Posted: Sep 2, 2020 2:35 PM
Updated: Sep 2, 2020 3:06 PM

Mt. Vernon High School is reporting a positive case of COVID-19.

A statement from the high school says administrators were informed on Wednesday, Sept. 2, that a student had tested positive for COVID-19.

According to Mt. Vernon High School's Statement, the Posey County Health Department was contacted immediately and school administrators began following their directives by reviewing seating charts and performing contact tracing.

The school says that each student that's believed to have been in close contact with the student who tested positive has had their parents/guardians contacted and has been sent home to quarantine for 14 days, though at this time, it isn't clear exactly how many students were considered close contacts.

The Posey County Health Department commented on the positive COVID-19 case within the school, saying, "The health department as stated has been working with the school and hopefully with the protocols that are in place and being followed very closely by the school the exposure risk will be limited."

"We want to again say thank you to the school corporation for doing all they can to protect their students by following the protocols that we have worked on together," the statement from PCHD went on to say. "By doing this it gives us the best chance to keep the children and faculty as safe as possible at this time."

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