Several students and staff who had significant contact with a positive case at Newberry High School and were sent home to quarantine have now tested positive.
According to a letter addressed to “Newberry High School Community,” from the NHS Principal James Sheppard, COVID-19 test results from 18 tests were reported by the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) as 14 negatives and 4 positives.
“I know you are all very concerned,” Sheppard wrote. “Please know that we will take whatever steps our medical advisors recommend to limit the spread of COVID among our students and staff.”
This letter comes weeks after NHS hosted home football games with packed stands above the limited 25 percent capacity limit outlined by the Alachua County Public Schools athletic director who issued a warning to all high schools three weeks ago.
That has not yet deterred the majority of fans, sideline crew, referees, band members and cheerleaders from opting not to wear masks at Newberry High games.
By Sept. 30th, the ACPS reported that 140 students and staff at Newberry High School were in quarantine out of the 400 students attending the brick and mortar school.
District total cases of COVID-19 cases since Aug. 17th are 50 students and 29 staff.
The schools with the most cumulative COVID-19 cases since Aug. 17 are Newberry High with 19 cases, Buchholz High with 6, and Howard Bishop Middle School is at 7.
Of the overall 19 cases at NHS, 18 are listed as active.
There were 191 ACPS students and staff in quarantine from Sept. 28th through Oct. 2nd.
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