Metro Nashville student tests positive for coronavirus

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A student that attends LEAD Southeast Middle School has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

According to school officials, the student was in school this week and LEAD was notified by the Metro Health Department on Saturday morning, March 14. 

Parents were notified Saturday, March 14th about the precaution.

Director of Communications, John Zlock stated:

There is nothing more important than the safety and well-being of our students, families and staff members.”

The notification to parents listed a few things for parents to be aware of in the meantime as school officials examine the situation.

Here is what this means at this time:

  • Because of HIPAA law and out of privacy to the student and their family, we cannot share the student’s name.
  • The Metro Health Department is the lead organization responding to this case. A department Epidemiologist is speaking with the student and those closest to them and their family to monitor any potential symptoms. Any person who tests positive is immediately self-isolated under Health Department guidelines until full recovery.
  • The Health Department and LEAD are working at-present to identify who at the school was in close proximity of the student while they were in school. The Health Department defines this as within six feet for more than 10 minutes at a time. Individuals who meet this criteria will be notified by the Health Department. 

School officials stated that they are closely monitoring the situation and will provide additional updates should they be warranted. 

Metro Nashville Schools are on Spring Break this upcoming week.

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