Two Okeechobee students test positive for COVID-19; 45 students and one staff member who might have been exposed sent home for 14 days

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OKEECHOBEE – Twenty-one students have been excluded from Yearling Middle School and 24 students and one staff member excluded from the Okeechobee Freshman Campus for 14 days, due to possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

The health department will contact these individuals with instructions.

The Okeechobee County School District was notified by the Florida Department of Health that a student at Yearling Middle School tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last on campus Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020.

The district was also notified by the Department of Health that a student at Okeechobee Freshman Campus tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last on campus Friday, Nov. 13, 2020.

Schools have taken the necessary steps to sanitize any areas which may have been compromised, as outlined in the district’s Reopening Plan. The district continues to adhere to Centers for Disease Control guidelines, which include the use face coverings, maintaining social distancing whenever possible, and checking the temperature of everyone who arrives on campus. They encourage those who may have been exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive to be observant of symptoms that could develop within the next 14 days. Seek advice on testing from a medical professional or be tested immediately if symptoms arise.

All students and staff must remain home while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. It is very important that any student or staff member who takes a COVID-19 immediately notify the Human Resources Department at 863-462-5000, Ext. 1022.

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