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Bald Eagle Area confirms its first case of COVID-19

PHOTO PROVIDED Wingate Elementary has its first confirmed case of COVID-19. The Bald Eagle Area School District recently announced that an adult in the school tested positive for the virus.

WINGATE — A Centre County school has its first case of COVID-19.

On Sunday, Bald Eagle Area superintendent Scott V. Graham announced on the Bald Eagle Area Facebook page that an adult in the district had tested positive. The announcement read:

“We have had our first confirmed COVID-19 case in the district. It was an adult at Wingate Elementary. Those students and staff that are required to quarantine have been contacted. We will continue to monitor this situation. Should others begin experiencing symptoms we will notify those parents and adults that would be affected. I have been working today with the DOH, Mr. Orichosky, and the nurses that serve Wingate Elementary. I would like to thank them for their time and effort spent today.”

Bald Eagle Area is the first Centre County school to have a positive case.

The State College Area School district is in its second week of remote learning. Late last week, SCASD superintendent Bob O’Donnell announced that the district would remain remote.

“After using all of our available data to assess local COVID-19 case numbers and meeting with our health and safety team members, we have concluded that continuing with remote learning next week is our safest option,” O’Donnell wrote in an email to families.

On Monday, the Bellefonte Area School District sent an email to its families from interim superintendent Tammie Burnaford. It addressed rumors of a case of COVID-19 in the district.

Interim superintendent Tammie Burnaford addressed the rumors in the letter. She wrote:

“Over the past week or so, there have been some rumors floating around about possible, positive COVID cases in our BASD schools. Again, as of today, there are no known, positive COVID cases for our students or staff in our schools. As I mentioned in a previous letter, we have been asked, ‘How will we know if there’s a positive case in our child’s class or school?’ by many parents. The PA Department of Health (PA DOH) will work with administrators to gather information, do contact tracing, make necessary notifications to parents and our staff, and provide recommendations to schools and districts, if a case or outbreak occurs. Due to confidentiality and health privacy laws, as a district, we won’t be able to provide specific information to parents/guardians about student/staff health concerns. A general district letter will be sent to parents/guardians.”

The two other Centre County Schools — Penns Valley and Philipsburg-Osceola — have not reported cases of COVID-19.

There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at any schools in Clinton County.

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