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Schools Already Closing Due to COVID — Just Weeks After Starting

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TheMessenger | by Hannah Murphy | August 22, 2023

Article Takeaways by DP News Staff:

  • Just two weeks after the start of the school year, officials in Kentucky have suspended school for the week due to student and staff illnesses.
  • The Lee County district announced the cancellation of in-person classes, extra-curricular practices, and games for the week.
  • Scott Lockard, the Public Health Director for the Kentucky River District, noted an increase in COVID-19 cases in the district.
  • The rise in COVID hospitalizations since late July, combined with the upcoming cold and flu season, has health departments concerned.
  • Both Scott Lockard and Kevin Hall from the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department recommend that eligible individuals get the new COVID boosters when available.

Just two weeks into the start of their school year, officials in Kentucky have called off school for the rest of the week “due to student and staff illness.”

The district of Lee County announced on Tuesday, August 22 that in-person classes, extra-curricular practices and games in the district had been canceled for the remainder of the week.

Public Health Director for the Kentucky River District, Scott Lockard, told news outlets local to the area that there has been an increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the district. 

But COVID was not the singular driving factor in the district’s decision to temporarily close their doors.

“We’re seeing people who are testing negative for COVID who are still coming up positive for other respiratory illnesses,” Lockard said. “In Lee County, the attendance is at that level where they felt they needed to make the call to dismiss classes the rest of the week.”

The school district contains two schools and serves just under 900 students, according to US World News & Report.

Source: Schools Already Closing Due to COVID — Just Weeks After Starting – The Messenger

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