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Lynchburg-area schools announce 23 new positive cases of COVID-19 this week, over 115 cases total

Lynchburg-area schools announce 23 new positive cases of COVID-19 this week, over 115 cases total


School divisions in the Lynchburg area announced 23 new positive cases of COVID-19 this week.

Together, Lynchburg City Schools and Bedford, Campbell, and Amherst county schools have reported 118 positive cases since their school years began.

Bedford County Public Schools has reported 57 total cases of COVID-19 in its schools and facilities since school began under a hybrid model Sept. 8.

As a result of a high number of cases and related quarantines at Forest Middle School, the division announced this week it would transition in- person fourth- and fifth-grade students and staff from the building into a remote instructional model Wednesday through Nov. 6.

Eleven of the division’s cases have been located at Forest Middle School, and four have been traced to school transmission.

This week, the division announced seven new positive cases Monday: two each at Forest Middle School and the Susie G. Gibson Science & Technology Center, and one each at Goodview Elementary School, Moneta Elementary School, and Staunton River Middle School.

Tuesday, BCPS announced two new positive cases, one each at Forest Middle School and Staunton River High School.

Two new cases were announced Thursday, one each at Forest Middle School and Huddleston Elementary School. A case each at Liberty High School and Montvale Elementary School were reported Friday.

Lynchburg City Schools announced three new cases of COVID-19 this week, one Monday and two Tuesday. The division’s COVID-19 dashboard does not specify at which schools the cases are located, but a letter was sent to parents at R.S. Payne Elementary School on Tuesday informing them of a positive case in an individual at the school. The News & Advance obtained this letter as part of a Freedom of Information Act request.

Lynchburg City Schools has reported 13 cases since Sept. 28.

Campbell County Public Schools announced four new cases of COVID-19 this week: two at Leesville Road Elementary School, one at Brookville High School and one in an individual with the division’s transportation division. The division has reported 32 total cases since school began in a hybrid model Sept. 1.

Amherst County Public Schools announced three new positive cases this week, bringing the division’s total to 16 cases since the beginning of the school year. On Monday, the division reported a positive case at Amherst Middle School and another case at Amherst County High School. The division announced Wednesday a case at Amherst Elementary School.

As of Friday, Nelson County Public Schools has not publicly announced any positive COVID-19 cases in its facilities. Students have been in a 100% virtual learning format since school began Aug. 24 and will stay in that format for the remainder of the fall semester.

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