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First positive COVID-19 case reported in Lake Central High School

First positive COVID-19 case reported in Lake Central High School

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Lake Central School Corp.

Lake Central High School

ST. JOHN — About two weeks into the school year, the first positive case of coronavirus has been confirmed at Lake Central High School, officials said.

On Monday school officials were notified that a student had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, said Lake Central School Corporation Superintendent Larry Veracco.

The Lake Central High School student as well as those who have had recent contact with the student have been directed to quarantine for 14 days, Veracco said. It was determined that 11 students were in close contact with the student.

Veracco said the school officials are keeping records of positive cases and quarantine situations among students and staff. Veracco declined to provide further information about the case in order to protect the student's privacy.

As of Wednesday evening, there had not been a news release or official statement on the school website or the school corporation’s official social media pages.

On its website, Lake Central School Corporation outlined its response if a student or faculty member tests positive. In the instance of a positive case, school officials will consult with teachers, bus drivers and extracurricular sponsors to determine who had contact with the individual who tested positive. The school faculty has seating charts to reference in compiling a list of close contacts who should be quarantined.

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Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts and investigative news. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology. 219-933-4194,

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