Person at Virginia Beach elementary school tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 10:34 AM, Oct 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 11:00:20-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A Virginia Beach school sent a letter to families about a person in the Trantwood Elementary school building who tested positive for COVID-19.

The letter said that the "individual" was in the building on October 6 and has since tested positive for COVID-19. It also said the person will not be back in the building until their healthcare provider releases them and that CDC guidance has been met.

The letter said:

"The health and safety of our entire community is of utmost importance for everyone at Trantwood. With that in mind, we want to make you aware that the school division was informed today of an individual who was in your child’s school building on Oct. 6 and has since tested positive for COVID-19. This person will not return to the building until released by their healthcare provider and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance has been met.

We continue to work closely with the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health and have identified individuals who had close contact with the person to determine if they might have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. Based on VDH recommendations, there are other individuals who will be quarantining.

However, because those who were potentially exposed is limited to a small group, Trantwood Elementary School will remain open during this time. VBCPS is following Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations on Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces to reduce viral transmission and keep our children and school personnel healthy and safe. The classroom where potential exposure took place will be cleaned per these protocols.

For additional information about COVID-19, please go to the VDH website or the CDC website. You may also call the Eastern Region COVID-19 Hotline with general questions at 757-683-2745.

We encourage you to use the following guidelines as a part of our efforts to #VBSAFETogether."

Earlier in the week someone who rode a Virginia Beach City Public Schools bus tested positive for COVID-19, a spokesperson with the school district said.
In a letter to families, the school district said officials were informed late Tuesday that the person was on bus #184 from September 30 to October 2 and has since tested positive for the virus.

It's unknown if the person is a child or adult.

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