FOUR CALHOUN SCHOOL EMPLOYEES HAVE COVID-19 - 200 Students Quarantined, Pleasant Hill School Closed, Calhoun Has Record Number Of Cases

Calhoun appears to be experiencing its largest outbreak of COVID-19 since the pandemic was declared, with Calhoun Superintendent of Schools, Kelli Whytsell, announcing Sunday that four Calhoun school employees have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Reports regarding active COVID-19 cases in Calhoun could be over 50 cases, with likely increase in cases with the Monday report. Calhoun and most of WV is in the red.

Whytsell said Sunday, "Calhoun County has experienced increased COVID-19 cases with more than 200 students being placed under quarantine due to being in close contact with a positive case."

The school system closed down in-person school at Pleasant Hill Elementary over the weekend from August 30 to September 9.

Earlier last week, Calhoun Schools ordered students and personnel to wear masks.

Calhoun Schools did not confirm which of the three schools had the four personnel cases, or which were mostly affected, teachers or support staff, while social media, unconfirmed, said Pleasant Hill School had the outbreak.

"I want to thank the administration, teachers, and service personnel that spent the weekend preparing for the remote learning and assisting with the contact tracing. This is a massive amount of work that was accomplished. We continue to offer support and whatever assistance is needed to our students and employees. Would you please help us by wearing a mask and socially distancing whenever possible," Whytsell said.