Greenville school has first COVID case

The grounds of Greenville Central High School in Greenville. File photo

GREENVILLE — Greenville Central School District reported its first COVID-19 coronavirus case Friday afternoon as the number of Greene County cases of the virus more than doubled, from five to 13, between Wednesday and Friday, according to the county Public Health Department.

A district middle school teacher was last on campus Tuesday, according to a letter to parents from Superintendent Tammy Sutherland. Sixth-grade students will move to fully remote classes for the next two weeks as a precaution.

“The district is working closely with Greene County Department of Health {Public Health Department] and following all guidelines provided by them,” according to Sutherland’s letter. “They will take the lead role in any further steps that may be necessary with additional testing or contact tracing.”

The district will continue to follow a thorough cleaning and disinfecting schedule of the school grounds, according to the letter. Daily screenings for staff and students prior to the start of the school day will continue.

“In these challenging times, rest assured that the district’s priority is protecting the health, welfare and safety of students and staff while complying with government orders and guidance related to the opening of schools,” according to Sutherland.

The positive case follows Thursday’s closure of the Greene County Office Building, due to a building and grounds worker testing positive. The county offices at 411 Main St. are scheduled to reopen Monday.

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