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New Pal HS student confirmed positive test for COVID-19

For the second time in as many weeks, a Hancock County school district is dealing with a positive COVID-19 case on the first day of school.  A student at New Palestine High School came to school Monday with COVID-19. 


In a joint statement from the school district and Hancock Regional Health, confusion over the school district's start date was to blame for the late notification. The family physician who provided the notification of the positive test result wrote the wrong return to school date on the note provided.


According to district officials, the student showed to school with a mask on and confirmed that there was a small number of close contacts who were identified and were isolated.


The Hancock County Health Department has contacted parents whose children were exposed and are asking them to quarantine for 14 days.


In addition, Hancock Health will conduct a full review of its notification process and begin implementing rapid turn around testing, according to the release. 

This is the second confirmed case at New Palestine High School, which had a football player test positive Friday.