DeKalb high school athletes tests positive for COVID-19

DeKalb high school athletes tests positive for COVID-19

School board member Joyce Morley said she has been made aware through district employees of several instances since the spring of buildings being shut down for disinfecting or food delivery bus routes temporarily suspended as positive results were relayed from the DeKalb County Department of Health. “We have not been totally apprised of instances of positive COVID-19 tests,” Morley said Friday. While school district officials have confirmed disinfecting taking place at Lithonia High School, several high schools and a stadium apparently have been closed and cleaned due to potential exposures, Morley said. A DeKalb County Board of Health spokesman said Friday that the school district alerts them of positive cases involving students and staff. Health department officials also learn cases may involve the district through contact tracing, the process of identifying, assessing and managing people who have been exposed to the virus. Disclosing the information could potentially be affected by interpretations of medical privacy laws, which restricts the disclosure of individual health information. District officials did not say whether information was being withheld for that reason. “We don’t need to know the names, just send me the numbers,” Morley said. “We have a right to know the numbers. The people working in those buildings have a right to know where they’re going. People should not have to pit their lives and their health against their livelihood.” School board vice chairwoman Vickie B. Turner has asked in board meetings that the district be transparent with information on how the coronavirus is affecting the school ...
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