2 employees at Smith Springs Elementary School test positive for COVID-19

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ANTIOCH, Tenn. (WKRN) — Two employees at Smith Springs Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19, according to Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) officials.

As a result of these employee tests, 18 staff members were advised to quarantine on July 21 based on the recommendation of the Health Department.

One of the employees who tested positive had a follow-up test that was negative. None of the other 18 employees have reported positive tests.

All employees are required to go through a screening process upon entering the building. They are also required to wear masks when around other people. In the event an employee tests positive, MNPS will work with the health department to identify anyone who was in close contact with that person, and they will be required to quarantine.

School nurses are being trained in order to assist with tracing efforts.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 and WKRN.com for updates.

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