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Garrett school system reports COVID-19 case

October 9th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

Garrett County Public Schools on Friday said a person within the system has tested positive for COVID-19. The Cumberland Times News reports that it's the first case within the school system, though a news release from GCPS didn't identify whether the individual was a student or staff member, or the location involved. The individual is out of the building and quarantining, according to the release.

"Through collaboration with the Garrett County Health Department and contact tracing, it has been determined that no close contact of any student or staff member has occurred in this case," read the release.

The school system said it was following its plan for a positive case, which includes sanitizing, informing families whose students were at risk of exposure or in close contact and supporting the affected family.

The Garrett County Health Department will notify anyone who was within 6 feet of the person for more than 15 minutes, according to the school system.

The health department reported one new case Friday, a woman in her 40s who was experiencing symptoms. She was isolating at home, health officials said.

The county has had 77 cases of COVID-19.