Scappoose Middle School student diagnosed with COVID-19
The Scappoose School District confirmed that another student at Scappoose Middle School has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Superintendent Tim Porter also confirmed to the Spotlight there were 15 close contacts who will have to quarantine due to the exposure.
In a letter to school staff and families dated Wednesday, April 28, Porter wrote, "Late yesterday afternoon, we were notified that a person in Scappoose Middle School had been diagnosed with COVID-19.
"We are working closely with Columbia County Public Health to respond to this news and protect the health of our community by identifying close contacts and asking them to quarantine for 14 days."
Porter continued in the letter, "This involved students both in the classroom and on the middle school track and field team. ... The exposure occurred in the classroom last Thursday and Friday, and the track meet on Thursday evening. Cleaning and sanitizing of the classrooms and common areas have been done."
The district has not announced if the 15 close contacts were students, staff or a combination.
This isn't Scappoose Middle School's first encounter with the virus since reopening earlier this month.
On April 15, the district announced that a student at the middle school had contracted COVID-19. That exposure resulted in other 14 students being asked to stay home from school and quarantine as close contacts.
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