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Member of CHS ‘Campus Community’ Tests Positive for COVID-19

Canyon High School students enjoy a socially-distanced lunch. Twitter image.

Comal Independent School District’s (Comal ISD) Canyon High School (CHS) notified faculty and staff this morning that a member of its “campus community” tested positive for COVID-19.

In an email, administrators said no further details would be made public due to federal privacy laws that prohibit Comal ISD employees from divulging information that could lead to the identification of individuals.

The person who tested positive is now required to self-isolate and will not return to campus for 14 days.

The individual did not experience symptoms while on campus and had completed a “health-screener” and followed social distancing and hygiene-related safety measures, an administrator said in the email.

Close contacts were notified by a Comal ISD case manager to discuss return criteria.

“As a reminder, close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for a cumulative duration of no more than 15 minutes,” the email said. “The use of a face-covering does not eliminate someone from being considered a close contact with the positive individual.”

Comal ISD has not publicly defined campus community, so it is unclear whether a student, teacher, staff member or parent who was on campus tested positive for the virus.

According to Comal ISD’s COVID-19 dashboard, CHS has

  • One “current active positive cases”
  • Two “current active symptomatic cases”
  • Nine “current active exposure-to-a-positive cases”

As of Saturday, Comal ISD was reporting five active cases, 44 current symptomatic cases, and 35 current-to-a-positive cases districtwide.

(Editor’s Note: If you would like to forward us a COVID-19 email from your student’s campus, please send it to info@MyCanyonLake.com.)

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