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Three Bladen County Schools Report Positive COVID-19 Tests

West Bladen High School, Plain View Primary and Dublin Primary had individuals report positive COVID-19 tests, according to a news release from Bladen County Schools.

Because of privacy requirements and state law, the school system does not release names of individuals who test positive for the virus, but has provided the information to the Bladen County Department of Health and Human Services.

The positive test at West Bladen was reported Monday, Nov. 16 while the positive tests at Plain View and Dublin were reported Wednesday, Nov. 18.

The health department is investigating the cases and is working with school staff to identify anyone who may have had close contact (i.e., within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) with the people who tested positive.

The impacted people who were determined to be in close contact with the infected individual have all been notified effective Thursday, Nov. 19, according to Bladen County Schools. Those that were in close contact will remain off-campus for up to 14 calendar days to ensure that there will not be any potential further spread. If the health department does not contact you directly, you have not been identified as a close contact.

“The safety and well-being of Bladen County Schools’ students and staff is always our number one priority,” the school system said in a statement. “We are taking extra steps to ensure the safety of all. Bladen County Schools are following CDC and DHHS guidelines as we continue to monitor the situation.

“Our Board is committed to the health and safety of its employees and students and supports measures that will keep all safe. Furthermore, we need everyone to do their part at school and at home to maintain social distance from others outside of their household, wear face coverings, and wash/sanitize hands often. The goal of every action in this sequence of events is to protect our students and staff and get back to learning and school activities as soon as possible.

“We will continue to work with Dr. Terri Duncan, the Bladen County Health Director, to follow recommendations as to proactive steps we can take to ensure the safety of our employees and students,” the statement said.

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