More students test positive for virus; others to quarantine

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A student at Vero Beach High School and another at Liberty Magnet School tested positive for COVID-19, prompting officials to place 20 students on quarantine Friday.

There are now 20 incidents involving virus cases reported at traditional schools in Indian River County. There have been 21 incidents overall reported at local campuses.

Vero Beach High School reported its fourth incident of a student testing positive for COVID-19, while Liberty Magnet School reported its first case.

To date, 346 students and 11 staff members have been placed on two-week quarantines since the start of the school year.

In the latest two cases, Florida Department of Health conducted contact tracing, according to the School District of Indian River County. Health officials identified five students who had close contact with the student with a positive test at Vero Beach High School, and 13 students and three staff members who had close contact with the pupil at Liberty Magnet School, an elementary campus.

School officials contacted the families of the students and notified them the youth would need to stay home for two weeks and monitor their symptoms, officials said. The students who tested positive were also instructed to stay home.

The students will continue school through virtual learning, officials said.

Families and staff members at both schools were notified of the incidents. Custodial services continue to disinfect and sanitize all areas of the campuses.

COVID-19 cases reported at Indian River County schools

*Note, the orders to quarantine also are required for the students or staff members with positive tests, in addition to those identified through close contact tracing.

Traditional schools

Aug. 28

Vero Beach High School:

1 student positive, 46 students told to quarantine

Aug. 29

Osceola Magnet School:

2 students positive, 9 students told to quarantine

Sept. 2

Fellsmere Elementary School:

1 student positive, 17 students and a staff member told to quarantine

Sept. 3

Sebastian River High School:

1 student positive, 9 students told to quarantine 

Sept. 7

Vero Beach High School:

1 student positive, 14 students told to quarantine

Sept. 8

Vero Beach Elementary:

1 staff member positive, No one placed on quarantine

Gifford Middle School:

1 staff member positive, 32 students told to quarantine

Oslo Middle School:

1 student positive, 19 students told to quarantine

Sept. 9

Oslo Middle School:

1 student positive, 11 students told to quarantine

Sept. 10

Vero Beach Elementary:

Two students positive, 19 students told to quarantine

Sept. 11

Glendale Elementary:

1 student positive, 13 students told to quarantine 

Sept. 14

School District:

1 offsite staff member positive, 1 student told to quarantine

Sept. 16

Sebastian River High School:

1 student positive, no one told to quarantine

Oslo Middle School:

1 student positive, 23 students told to quarantine

Sept. 17

Dodgertown Elementary:

1 student positive, 12 students told to quarantine

Sept. 18

Storm Grove Middle School:

1 student positive, 18 students told to quarantine

Sept. 22

Vero Beach High School:

1 student positive, 35 students told to quarantine

Sept. 28

Indian River Academy:

1 staff member positive, 14 students and 4 staff members told to quarantine

Oct. 2

Vero Beach High School:

1 student positive, 5 students told to quarantine

Liberty Magnet School:

1 student positive, 13 students and 3 staff members told to quarantine

Non-traditional schools

Sept. 18

Indian River Charter High School:

1 student positive, 17 students told to quarantine

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