WGHS football coach tests positive for COVID-19

Walton County Public Schools confirmed Friday that a football coach from Walnut Grove High School has tested positive for COVID-19, releasing the following official statement:

“A Walnut Grove High School football coach has tested positive for COVID-19; however, because of the school’s diligence and preventative measures, no students were in close contact with this individual. The coach was asymptomatic the one day he was on campus and has not returned since. Based on the Department of Public Health guidelines, no students have been recommended to seek testing or quarantine at this time. As a precaution, WGHS coaches who were in close contact with the staff member will be tested in the coming days.”

WCPS spokesperson Callen Moore said the Department of Public Health defines “close contact” as being within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer.

“That is the point at which they would recommend taking actions like self-monitoring, testing and quarantining,” Moore said. “No players were on campus today and will not be next week.”

WGHS had its graduation ceremony on Saturday, but Moore said to the best of her knowledge the coach in question was not in attendance.

This comes on the heels of neighboring Gwinnett County Public Schools confirming that four students or staff members taking part in early sports training had tested positive at North Gwinnett, Mill Creek, Parkview and Discovery high schools. None of the schools serving the Loganville area of Gwinnett County were named as being involved.

Both Walton and Gwinnett County Public Schools have announced a planned return to the classroom for students on Aug. 4 and 5. Both school systems, however, will offer digital options for families who are concerned to have their students begin the first semester of the 2020/2021 school year from home.

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