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Individual at Lebanon Middle School tests positive for COVID-19

Summer school will continue through next week

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The Lebanon R-3 School District was notified Thursday afternoon (July 23) that someone with COVID-19 was at the school on July 20.

Because of privacy issues, the district would not identify the person as a student, teacher or staff member. 

"The individual was asked to quarantine, pending test results and close contacts with the individual were notified," said Lebanon R-3 Communications Director Jacy Overstreet. 

The Laclede County Health Department confirms that the individual is a resident of another county.

"The matter has been turned over to the proper health department for investigation. Our agency will work with that agency, and any Laclede County school staff and/or parents to assist with questions or testing referrals," the health department said in a statement to the newspaper.

Overstreet declined to go into details about whether students or staff would be quarantined or if the class had been canceled.

"All protocols were followed. Students and staff are safe and learning will continue through the end of the Summer Experience next week," Overstreet said.

She added that the latest guidance from the health department is that close contacts with COVID-19-positive cases may  quarantine for two weeks from the date of exposure.

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