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First confirmed case of COVID-19 in Leon County Schools student

Posted at 6:59 PM, Sep 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-02 18:59:49-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Leon County Schools confirms their first student to test positive for the coronavirus.

Wednesday afternoon, superintendent Rocky Hanna made the announcement via social media with a Facebook Live.

“When you have 15,000 children in school and 5,000 employees, and testing, we know from time to time, we are going to have individuals test positive,” said Hanna.

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“We’re going to keep a close eye on what’s going on and make adjustments as necessary,” Hanna said. “Do not send your child to school if you are awaiting test results.”

Dr. Alan Cox, an assistant superintendent who oversees health in the district's schools said they were notified at 11 a.m. and within three hours the Department of Health's investigation was complete and the school community had been alerted.

"We've worked so hard on social distancing and we have block scheduling, and we have talked about wearing masks," said Cox, "we have no students that were found to be exposure cases in this particular situation.

The positive case is said to be a student at Swift Creek Middle School.

LCS says FDOH, based on protocol, contacted anyone who may have been potentially exposed and advised a course of action.