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Manchester City Schools have contacted applicable parents at Westwood Middle School that an individual tested positive for COVID-19.

Director of Schools Dr. Joey Vaughn said that the district could not disclose any details about whether the person was staff or a student.

“We are working with an individual and all the necessary contacts have been made,” Vaughn said.

“We continue to work closely with the Tennessee Department of Health,” he said.

Vaughn earlier explained that the school’s COVID-19 plan is that the Department of Health will be handling the details of source tracing and any necessary quarantining.

The letter sent to parents explained that if any further action were required, the health department would contact them. The letter was signed by Westwood Principal Julie Miller.

It also listed possible symptoms to watch for, including fever, breathing problems or cough, nausea, vomiting or flu-like symptoms, along with loss of taste or smell.

An employee with Manchester City Schools has a confirmed case of COVID-19, the district announced Tuesday.

"The district is working closely with the health department and the COVID-19 liaison. The health department will work with the individual to identify, contact, and quarantine anyone who may have been in close contact and had potential exposure with the individual according to TN Department of Health guidelines," an announcement said.

Currently, North Coffee Elementary and Coffee County Middle closed for the remainder of the week due to those schools’ having several other staff members have been identified as potentially exposed and must be quarantined for two weeks.

“Please understand that the school district has not identified any type of significant spread of COVID-19 in the schools and our staff are hard at work in all buildings in the district. As stated previously, the closures are a result of an abundance of caution to protect our students,” Director of Coffee County Schools Charles Lawson said in a release.

Dr. Vaughn voiced a similar confidence that the situation was contained.

Tullahoma CIty Schools also confirmed that Robert E. Lee and Tullahoma High School had cases of COVID-19 within the schools. Likewise the district could not disclose if the cases were a student or a staff member. A similar notification letter was sent home to affected parents.

John has been with the Manchester Times since May 2011. He covers Lifestyles in addition to handling education reporting and general news assignments.John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. John is a 1994 graduate of Tullahoma High School, a graduate of Motlow State Community College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Middle Tennessee State University. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. He is a graduate of THS, Motlow and MTSU. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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