Someone who attended the Potomac Falls High School in-person graduation ceremony in Sterling Wednesday tested positive for coronavirus prior to attending the event, Loudoun County Public Schools officials announced Friday night.
LCPS officials did not disclose whether the person was a graduate or another attendee.
Here is Superintendent Eric Williams's full statement released Friday:
"I am writing to inform you that Loudoun County Public Schools learned today that an individual who attended the Potomac Falls High School in-person graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 24, had tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 prior to attending the event.
If your family attended the in-person ceremony on June 24, you may recall that PFHS staff members practiced recommended precautionary measures intended to prevent the spread of the virus throughout the process. Participants were encouraged to maintain physical separation of six feet or more, only one family was allowed into the auditorium at a time, Potomac Falls staff members wore cloth face coverings and rubber gloves during the ceremonies, and LCPS has been frequently cleaning the facilities used for graduations to guard against transmission.
When provided a report of an individual testing positive for COVID-19, the Loudoun County Health Department (LCHD) determines the need and extent of a contact investigation in accordance with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) policies and takes action accordingly.
The Virginia Department of Health defines 'close contacts' as people who have been within 6 feet of a person who tests positive for the virus, for 15 minutes or more, starting from 48 hours before symptom onset.
When LCHD conducts contact investigations, its practice is to reach out to all 'close contacts' of people who have tested positive, as defined in the preceding paragraph, if there are any. The LCHD advises that anyone who is ill should self-isolate and contact their physician for further guidance. The LCHD can be reached at 703-737-8300 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday for questions.
I hope this information is helpful to you in reviewing your family’s participation in Wednesday’s events. If you have any questions about your specific situation, please contact your personal physician or the Loudoun County Health Department at the numbers listed above."
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