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Palmerton junior high student tests positive for COVID

A Palmerton Area Junior High School student has tested positive for COVID-19, Superintendent Dr. Jodi Frankelli announced.

The district was notified of the positive test on Monday.

“This student is under the care of a doctor and is following the medical advice that has been provided,” Frankelli said.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is also monitoring the student. Palmerton’s junior high remained open Tuesday, and Frankelli said the district is taking precautions.

“Anyone determined to have been in close contact with this student will be contacted with quarantining information,” she said.

The district urges families and staff to continue to monitor their own personal health and contact a health care provider with questions or concerns.

Frankelli said she spoke with Department of Health officials several times on Monday and thanked them for their involvement.

“With this case and any that arise in the future, the administrative team and I will

continue to rely on the directives, guidance, and advice of the DOH with regard to contact tracing and quarantining guidelines,” Frankelli said. “We will assist our public health officials with any and all efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.”