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Tyrrell County Schools employee tests positive for COVID-19; campuses closed for cleaning

On June 1, Tyrrell County Schools was notified of an employee who tested positive for COVID-19.

All positive COVID-19 cases are routed through the local health department, where contact tracing is being done to track down anyone who may have been exposed. The health department will directly contact anyone that needs to be tested due to the risk of possible exposure.

TCS Superintendent Oliver Holley said that the employee who tested positive worked with the meal program. Therefore, TCS was closed and food delivery services were suspended today, June 1.

Holley noted that all campuses are being sanitized and disinfected. He has plans to take an extra day to “take care of what we need to take care of.”

The buildings will most likely stay unoccupied for at least 48 hours, allowing the “space to ensure that we have done the best we can with our cleaning,” said Holley.

The superintendent said the school district will utilize their remote working protocol for classified and certified employees until the safety can be ensured within the campuses.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience; however, safety is our first priority. If you feel you need to be tested, please contact our local health department,” stated Holley.

To protect the privacy of the individual, no further details were provided. Tyrrell County Schools asks for the community’s assistance in respecting this employee’s privacy, especially on social media.

TCS was scheduled to host computer drop-offs this week, but due to COVID-19, the drop-offs will likely be postponed.

As for the meal program, the original plans for a summer feeding program will be maintained for the time being.

Updates, communications and resources specific to Tyrrell County Schools cane be found by visiting the TCS COVID-19 page at www.tyrrell.k12.nc.us/covid-19/.

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