Homer HS student tests positive for covid-19

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A student at Homer High School has tested positive for COVID-19, according to district superintendent Thomas Turck.

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He issued a letter to the community with the update earlier this afternoon.

Turck says the county health department is working with the district and will reach out to anyone who may be at risk of exposure to the virus.

See more in the official communication below:

October 10, 2020

Dear Parents/Community/Staff:

We were advised today that one of our students at Homer High School has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Since that time, we have been in contact with the Cortland County Health Department, which has initiated an investigation. As part of that investigation, health department officials will be reaching out to anyone who has had close contact with the individual.

If you or anyone in your family are not contacted by the Health Department, that means the department has determined you were not exposed.

The student who tested positive will not return to school until the Cortland County Health Department provides clearance. We hope you understand that we cannot provide any additional information about the student due to confidentiality constraints.

In addition to following the recommendations of the Cortland County Health Department, we will be taking additional precautionary steps by cleaning all areas determined to have been frequented by the student.

Please continue to practice and encourage good hand-washing hygiene, wear face masks, and practice social distancing. If you or a family member start to exhibit symptoms of the virus (fever, shortness of breath, and coughing, for example), please reach out to your physician.

If you would like further information on COVID-19, please go to this Cortland County website.

News like this can be tough to hear as we are concerned for everyone’s health during the pandemic. During this difficult time, we will continue to support our students, families, and employees to the best of our abilities.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.


Thomas M. Turck
Superintendent of Schools

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