Nineteen others must isolate after being identified as close contacts in contact tracing.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Tim Porter, superintendent of the Scappoose School District (pictured in 2019), confirmed a Scappoose High School student has contracted COVID-19, prompting 19 others to quarantine under contact tracing protocols.Scappoose School District Superintendent Tim Porter has confirmed that a student at Scappoose High School has come down with COVID-19 and 19 others at the school, who were in close contact with the student, will be quarantined for 14 days.

"The exposure occurred on the 19th and the 20th, but we didn't find out until yesterday (April 26)," Porter told the Spotlight.

Of the 19 currently quarantined, Porter could not say if these were exclusively students or were a mixture of students and staff.

Asked if there was a breakdown in safety protocols to keep students and staff safe from COVID-19 exposure, Porter said, "I don't think it has anything to do with that. I think it has to do with an individual who had school on the 19th and 20th, later developed symptoms, then tested positive for COVID, but at the time that the individual was at the school, and they didn't have those symptoms so, to me, this is a perfect example of the process working."

Porter continued, "The fact that we have all these procedures in place allows us to identify those people that are close contacts, notify them and help them to quarantine — to me, this is actually an indication of the process working."

Porter does not expect this latest COVID-19 case at the high school to alter school operations going forward.

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