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2 COVID-19 cases reported at Liberty Middle School, 24 moved to remote learning

Posted at 4:55 PM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 17:53:38-04

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. -- Two positive case of COVID-19 has been reported at Liberty Middle School in Hanover County, school officials confirm.

In two separate messages, Principal Donald Latham shared news of the positive tests to families on Wednesday and Thursday.

"It has come to our attention that an individual in our building recently tested positive for COVID-19. As in all cases, we are working closely with Hanover Health Department officials," Latham wrote.

The principal says an investigation revealed that a total of 24 individuals (13 from Wednesday, 11 from Thursday) were identified as possible close contacts.

Those individuals have been notified and moved to remote learning for the next two weeks, in accordance with health guidance.

"All other LMS students will continue with in-person instruction as scheduled. In addition, our custodial staff will complete extra cleaning to sanitize the impacted classroom," Latham continued.

This comes after the in-person start at Liberty Middle was delayed earlier this month after three employees tested positive for COVID-19 before classes began.

Additionally, multiple positive COVID-19 tests have been reported at other Hanover schools. Two staff members at Kersey Creek Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19 last week and a teacher at John M. Gandy Elementary School tested positive earlier this week.