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KHSD: "No truth" to rumors of COVID-19 outbreak at Bakersfield High School

Bakersfield High School
Posted at 10:25 AM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 13:25:23-05

The Kern High School District said there was "no truth" to a reported rumor that 14 people had tested positive for COVID-19 at Bakersfield High School.

In a statement released Tuesday, Kern High School District Public Information and Communications Manager Erin Briscoe-Clarke said only one person involved in athletics has tested positive, and that the district has moved to quarantine those individuals who may have had contact with that person.

There is no truth to the rumor that 14 people at Bakersfield High School have tested positive for COVID-19. However, Bakersfield High School was notified that an individual participating in athletic conditioning has tested positive for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, anyone directly exposed or considered a close contact (including all students in the athletic cohort) have been asked to quarantine for 14 days to avoid further spread of the virus. Any person directly exposed or considered a close contact will receive further notification from the school nurse or school administration.

The school district went on to say that they are working with Kern County Public Health to "protect the health of our students and staff."