More than 20 Harrisburg students in quarantine, district says

The situation is not considered an outbreak as not enough of the cases are related to each other.

Posted: Sep 10, 2021 4:01 PM

HARRISBURG, Ore. – Despite some COVID-19 cases in the Harrisburg School District, educators say there’s not an outbreak.

After rumors going around about the situation, Harrisburg Elementary School Principal Darcey Edwards talked to KEZI to clear the air.

A total of 21 students across the district’s schools are currently in quarantine as a precaution after possible contact with a positive COVID-19 case.

However, not enough of the cases are related to each other to qualify the situation as an outbreak, according to officials.

Less than 2% of the district’s 750 students have tested positive at the start of the school year, a few of those students testing positive before schools even went back in session on Aug. 30.

Superintendent Bryan Starr said two students at Harrisburg High School tested positive on Thursday, and one tested positive before school started. Four at the high school were sent home after a potential exposure.

Meanwhile, at Harrisburg Middle School, two kids tested positive after starting school and four tested positive before the school opened. Two children tested positive last weekend and did not return to school. At this school, 17 students were sent home as a precaution.

For Edwards’ elementary school, one child tested positive last weekend and hasn’t returned.

The district has been following all COVID-19 regulations, including mask wearing, hand sanitizing and social distancing, according to Edwards. The district is also doing contact tracing.

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