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Press Release

"COVID-19 Testing"

December 11, 2020

Following the mandates outlined in the State Public Health issued on December 8, 2020, Weber School District began testing students and staff for COVID-19 this week. The testing involves individuals who are participating in extracurricular activities. This includes winter sports, band, cheer, drill, choir, and theater.

Testing teams, which include administrators, nurses, and other school personnel, were organized at each of our four main high schools. The teams are administering the BinaxNOW COVID-19 rapid test that provides results within 15 minutes.

Testing was conducted at Bonneville High School and Fremont High School on Thursday, December 10, 2020. Testing took place today (December 11, 2020) at Roy High School and Weber High School. In order to protect privacy, the district does not release specific information about individuals who test positive, or information that may lead to person being identified. Below are the test results:

School

# of individuals tested

# of positive test results

Positivity Rate

Bonneville

259

13

5.0%

Fremont

403

3

Less than 1%

Roy

245

2

Less than 1%

Weber

180

2

1.1%

Total

1089

20

1.8%

The 13 positive cases at Bonneville were spread across multiple groups. The school has quarantined the wrestling team after multiple individuals associated with the team tested positive. Bonneville entered a period of soft closure on Tuesday, December 8, after an outbreak of COVID-19 occurred at the school. After Thursday’s testing, there are 35 active cases of COVID-19 at the school. In-person instruction is scheduled to resume on Monday, January 4, 2021.

The three positive tests at Fremont were all associated with individuals who had previously tested positive and had been cleared to return to school. Fremont recently returned from soft closure on December 3, after being online for a period of two weeks. Currently, there are seven active cases at the school after returning from soft closure.

Out of 245 individuals tested at Roy High, only two tested positive. Roy High returned from its second soft closure on Monday, December 7. Currently, there are two active cases at the school.

180 individuals were tested at Weber High, resulting in two positive cases. The wrestling team has been quarantined for two weeks. Weber High has been experiencing a high number of cases over the past week or so. This afternoon, they surpassed the threshold of 15 positive cases within a 14-day period. Currently, there are 19 active cases and the school will transition online for two weeks beginning Monday, December 14.  In-person instruction is scheduled to resume on Monday, January 4, 2021.

Testing of individuals this week for participation in extracurricular activities did not have a significant impact on the overall case counts at each high school, and did not affect the decision to close any schools. The overall positivity rate from the testing was just 1.8%

Attached are some photos of the testing that was conducted at Bonneville. You have permission to use these photos. In the photo of the student being testing, please reference to the following information: "Jordan Citte, a senior at Bonneville High School, is tested for COVID-19 by Lisa Phelps, the head nurse at the school."

Weber School District will continue to test students and staff every two weeks according to state guidelines.

https://coronavirus-download.utah.gov/Health/UPHO-2020-26-Updated-Statewide-COVID-19-Restrictions.pdf

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