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Houston County Director of Public Health says no school or activity is to blame

LA CRESCENT, Minn. (WKBT)- La Crescent High School is back to virtual learning after seventeen students testes positive for COVID-19. 

The high school will stay virtual for fourteen days, and is working with the county and state to prevent more students from getting sick.  Houston County has had one of the lowest COVID-19 case rates in the state, but according to the director of public health, cases are rising. John Pugleasa says no school or activity is to blame. Every community, even when taking precautions, is at risk. “It’s still spreading through community transmission and now there is the added challenge of the added variants that have been identified, which have been shown to be more contagious. That is not anybody’s fault. It’s just kind of a statement of fact.”, says Pugleasa.

The school district plans to bring high school students back Friday, May 7th, though it could be a hybrid model.  It has also rescheduled prom for May 22nd. The Houston County health department urges everyone eligible for a vaccine to get one and anyone with COVID-19 symptoms to get tested. Pugleasa says its also important to continuing wearing masks and practice social distancing.

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