HUNTINGTON — A student-athlete at Cabell Midland High School has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the county school system announced Thursday.
The identified student is a member of the school’s football team and was last in close contact with other team members and coaches Saturday, then attended school Monday morning before leaving for home, according to a release.
After conducting the necessary contact tracing and investigations in cooperation with the district’s chief health officer Dr. Andrea Lauffer, the Cabell-Huntington Health Department has determined the other players on the football team, the team’s coaches, and all students and teachers who were in five classes the student attended Monday morning must be quarantined. All affected parties were contacted Thursday and deep cleaning of the school has taken place.
Other students and staff at the school were socially distanced from the identified student and should not be affected, according to the health department.
Because Cabell Midland played a football game with Huntington High School last Friday night, it’s possible some Huntington players were exposed. However, after contact tracing was complete, county health officials determined there was no exposure at Huntington High. All Huntington High students can return to school Friday and football will continue as planned. A junior varsity game scheduled for Thursday will be rescheduled.
“We were able to quickly identify who needed to be quarantined,” Lauffer said Thursday evening. “We took extra precautions when we were unsure who needed quarantined, and we were able to make the decision of who could return to school and to athletics.”
Lauffer defined “close contact” as spending at least 15 minutes with a COVID-19-positive individual while less than 6 feet apart, per guidelines from state and federal health officials.
The district has decided to relax the student attendance policy at Cabell Midland for the next few days to allow any parent or guardian to keep their student home if they are uncertain about the safety of their child attending school. Students who stay home should check Schoology for assignments.
Both Cabell Midland and Huntington High remain open and on the previously announced blended model schedule.
Those who feel they need to be tested should contact their primary care provider, their local hospital or local health care clinic.
Statewide in West Virginia, 234 new cases were reported Thursday, for a total of 13,430. There were also four new deaths reported — a 69-year-old man from Berkeley County, a 75-year-old man from Berkeley County, a 91-year-old woman from Jackson County and an 80-year-old man from Roane County — for a total of 294.
Cases per county are: Barbour (42), Berkeley (922), Boone (190), Braxton (10), Brooke (106), Cabell (690), Calhoun (23), Clay (33), Doddridge (17), Fayette (501), Gilmer (19), Grant (150), Greenbrier (118), Hampshire (99), Hancock (139), Hardy (76), Harrison (326), Jackson (239), Jefferson (413), Kanawha (2,154), Lewis (38), Lincoln (148), Logan (558), Marion (250), Marshall (148), Mason (130), McDowell (80), Mercer (392), Mineral (157), Mingo (332), Monongalia (1,791), Monroe (143), Morgan (48), Nicholas (77), Ohio (343), Pendleton (51), Pleasants (15), Pocahontas (59), Preston (145), Putnam (460), Raleigh (449), Randolph (233), Ritchie (10), Roane (43), Summers (32), Taylor (115), Tucker (15), Tyler (15), Upshur (60), Wayne (328), Webster (7), Wetzel (49), Wirt (9), Wood (345) and Wyoming (88).
The Cabell-Huntington Health Department reported 253 active cases Thursday, an increase of 13 cases since the day before.
In Ohio, the Lawrence County Health Department reported 13 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, with patients’ ages ranging from 16 to 62, including four teenagers. There have been 592 total cases in the county, with 502 out of isolation and 17 deaths.
The Lawrence health department said eight people in the county are hospitalized because of the virus, with four hospitalizations taking place Thursday.
Statewide, there were 141,585 total cases and 4,580 deaths related to the virus.
In Kentucky, the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department reported seven new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 391. The new cases were a 32-year-old man, 66-year-old woman, 68-year-old woman, 68-year-old man, 77-year-old woman and 87-year-old woman, all isolating at home, and an 80-year-old woman in hospital isolation.
Statewide, 628 new cases were reported, for a total of 59,370. Seventy-six of the new cases were from children ages 18 and younger, according to a release from the Kentucky Governor’s Office. There were also 11 new deaths reported, for a total of 1,093.
There were more than 41,000 new cases of COVID-19 reported across the U.S. on Thursday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for a total of 6,613,331. There have been 196,277 deaths related to the virus.