Breaking: 3 students at WGHS test positive after outside exposure to COVID-19

Students in contact have been quarantined

Officials with Walton County School District confirm that three students from Walnut Grove High School have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been quarantined.

“On August 7th, Walnut Grove High School administrators were notified that three individuals with known exposures outside of school had tested positive for COVID-19. Based on current information, these appear to be isolated, unrelated events. The COVID-19-positive individuals have not been on campus since (being at school) on Tuesday, Aug. 4,” Callen Moore, spokesperson for WCSD said in a statement. “In accordance with the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Administrative Order, WCSD has followed proper guidelines to identify and isolate individuals in close contact. Those individuals have already been notified by the school and will be required to complete a 14 day quarantine period at home before returning to school. It is not recommended that any other students or staff members be tested or quarantined at this time. 

Moore said that in addition to the school’s routine cleaning protocols, all affected areas will be sanitized with approved disinfectants today. 

“As we work to navigate this school year and our response to COVID-19, the Walton County School District remains committed to providing safe learning environments for students and staff. We will continue to work in partnership with local health officials to monitor the situation,” she said.

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