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New Palestine High School confirms 3rd student tested positive for COVID-19

Posted at 11:06 AM, Aug 08, 2020

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated two New Palestine High School students tested positive for COVID-19. It has been corrected to say three students tested positive.

NEW PALESTINE — A third New Palestine High School student has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The student who tested positive was last at school Aug. 3. Families of students who were in direct contact with the student have been notified by the school's nurse, according to a message sent to families Friday night from the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County.

"If your family was not notified, your student was not in close contact with the student who tested positive," the message said.

New Palestine High School is undergoing a full sanitization and disinfection this weekend. Classes will resume next week, the message said.

On Aug. 1, the school district announced a student who plays on the football team tested positive for COVID-19.

A second New Palestine student tested positive on Aug. 3. The district used contact tracing to determine that case and the one announced Friday were not connected.

The school district's message reminded families to not send students to school if they have a confirmed COVID-19 case in their home, if their child has a pending coronavirus test or if their student is showing any symptoms of the virus.

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