Positive COVID-19 case confirmed on a Raleigh County School bus

RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – The Beckley-Raleigh County Health Department has notified Raleigh County Schools of a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 from Bus 57 effecting Ridgeview/Independence Middle/Independence High School.

The Beckley-Raleigh County Health Department is working closely with Raleigh County Schools to identify any potential persons who may have had close contact with the individual that tested positive for COVID-19.  Any individual(s) that rides this bus should remain home and contact the Beckley/Raleigh County Health Department at 304-252-8531 ext 0.

The Beckley/Raleigh County Health Department conducts an investigation into each positive COVID-19 case to identify and notify those known to be in close contact with the infected individual. If there is a chance that you, or your child, may have been exposed and the health department can trace that activity to you, you will be notified. Please understand that contact tracing and testing takes time and that there are levels of contact: low, medium, and high. Notifications will be made while maintaining confidentiality when a close contact is confirmed and quarantine is necessary.

Raleigh County Schools will continue to take appropriate actions, working in collaboration with the Beckley-Raleigh County Health Department, to protect the safety and well-being of our students and staff.

To keep our school’s open to our children, it will take our entire community following established COVID-19 protocols including hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, use of face coverings, and practicing social distancing. We appreciate your on-going support and commitment to the health and well-being of the Raleigh County Schools Community.

UPDATE: Students who ride bus 57 in Raleigh County asked to contact Health Department

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