For second day in a row, Lebanon Schools quarantine students after positive COVID-19 tests

41 high school students now in quarantine
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Posted at 4:57 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 17:15:59-04

LEBANON, Ohio — Another 20 Lebanon City Schools students have been quarantined after a second student tested positive for COVID-19 before even starting school, according to superintendent Todd Yohey.

The news follows Tuesday’s announcement that 21 Lebanon High School students were quarantined because of a positive test.

"I want to commend our staff for the rapid response in both of these cases,” Yohey said. “Our decision to hire our own contact tracer is proving to be the difference in waiting several days for notification. In both cases, we had all communications and quarantine information out within hours."

According to the news release, both students are asymptomatic.

"We learned from the health department today that testing facilities are supposed to inform people who get tested to isolate at home until they get their test results,” Yohey said. “We do not believe that happened in either of these cases. There simply cannot be a breakdown of this type of communication. It increases the risk to our students."

The district, which resumed in-person classes Monday with a hybrid in-person/online model, urged parents to keep children who are feeling sick at home.

No staff members have been quarantined.