17 quarantined after Leesburg summer program student tests positive for COVID-19

Student tested positive Monday, school officials say

LEESBURG, Fla. – A student enrolled in Lake County’s summer program at Leesburg Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the district.

Lake County Public Schools communications officer Sherri Owens said the child tested positive for the virus on Monday after experiencing symptoms.

Each parent of the students in the same cohort or small group that the student was in received a personal phone call from the principal, according to the district.

“All 13 of those students have been quarantined and the four adults who were working with those students,” Owens said.

Under guidance from the department of health, school officials have asked anyone who came in close contact with the student to quarantine for 14 days.

“We’re doing a deep cleaning of these two classrooms that the students were in,” Owens said, adding, “We keep the students in small groups or cohorts so that they are only with a certain group of students everyday.”

Face masks are optional at the summer program but good hygiene and hand washing is stressed.

“We are staying in touch with the experts and we’re going to follow the guidance and implement that as we work our way through this,” Owens said.

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