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Tamaqua Says 56 Need to Quarantine Following Positive COVID Case in High School

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Tamaqua Area School District says it wants 56 people to quarantine after it learned of a positive case of COVID-19 in its high school.

On Monday, the school issued a letter from Superintendent Raymond Kinder detailing the school’s plan.

Kinder says the person who actually tested positive for COVID-19 is “in isolation and recovering.”

Tamaqua Schools Tell 56 More to Quarantine Following Positive COVID Case in High School

When the district learned of the positive case, it conducted research into that person’s contacts within the school and decided that 56 more people should quarantine. Tamaqua says none of those 56 people have tested positive.

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“They have simply been in close proximity to someone who tested positive,” Kinder states in his letter to district families. “To this point, we do not believe we have had any transmissions from a positive person occurring due to our school setting and mitigation efforts.”

The school urges those in quarantine to avoid group functions and to not interact with people on a one-on-one basis. They should also avoid public spaces, restaurants, and shopping centers, Kinder stresses in his letter.

In the last week, Kinder has sent two similar letters to families in the Tamaqua Area School District.

On Nov. 5, Kinder reported a positive case of COVID-19 with a high school student. Reacting to that, the school told 13 others to quarantine.

And on Nov. 2, the school reported 2 positive cases among students at Tamaqua Area Elementary School. A total of 14 more people were told to quarantine as a result of those separate infections in the elementary school.

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Read the letter Kinder sent to parents on Monday: November 9 Family Communication


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