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Bedford Area School District on Wednesday reported the most significant COVID-19 outbreak to hit the county to date.

The school district’s website said as of Wednesday the district was managing five positive cases, 42 close contacts, and was monitoring six suspected cases.

“It appears as if the local school district is mirroring a county-wide trend,” the website said.

The website noted that the outbreak most seriously affected one of its sports teams. The posting did not identify the team, but the Gazette has learned that it is the girls’ soccer team.

The website noted that the entire team has been quarantined.

“To be clear, one positive case led to the quarantine of over twenty-five individuals, our largest quarantine to date,” the website said.

The web post credited the district’s hybrid schedule with helping to mitigate the situation, noting, “In numerous situations (it has) alleviated the need to quarantine other students and classmates, which would lead to constant and irregular disruptions in the educational process.”

Superintendent Dr. Allen Sell noted that the quarantine would not affect other sports teams or the students in general. Members of the affected team will be quarantined from school as well as sports.

One of the nice things about our hybrid schedule is that our students are socially distanced and wearing masks at all times, “ he said.

He said the sitution with the athletic team was outside of the hybrid model because team members meeet every day.

Sell stressed that the district is working hard to keep the community updated on the situation.

The web post notes that “The Bedford Area School District sincerely asks the community, parents and students to support our mission to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to do your part by washing your hands, wearing a mask, and engaging in social distancing.”

It stresses that anyone who has symptoms or who has been exposed to the virus to contact the building administration and not come to school or school activities.

Information is available at www.bedfordasd.org/covid-19-information-117.

Contact Paul Rowan at prowan@bedfordgazette.com, 623-1151, ext. 140.

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