Varina High closes after 2 employees test positive for COVID-19

Posted at 11:36 AM, Aug 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-13 11:47:44-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Varina High School will close through Monday, August 17 after two employees tested positive for COVID-19, Henrico County Public Schools announced Thursday.

In a letter to the school community, HCPS spokesperson Andy Jenks say they first became aware that a Varina High School employee tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, Aug 11.

Officials became aware of a second positive test involving a second employee on Wednesday, August 12.

School officials say the second employee was in close contact with the first employee.

"In both instances, the employees began to self-quarantine as a precaution prior to receiving their test result," said Jenks in the letter.

"As part of our health-risk mitigation strategy to protect our employees, and to stop any further spread among those who enter the Camnpus, several additional Varina HS staff members lave been directed to quarantine at home," he added.

As a result, HCPS has decided to close Varina Monday, August 17.

During this time, the campus will be "thoroughly cleaned" before being reopened to staff and the general public on Tuesday, August 18.

"We will remain in contact with the Virginia Department of Health and the Henrico Health Department for any additional steps," wrote Jenks. "Thank you for your understanding as we take these steps to ensure the health of our community."