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WAYNE — Tolsia High School in Wayne County, West Virginia, has announced a temporary closure following what appears to be a COVID-19 outbreak in the past week.

Students and parents were notified Sunday that the school would be closed to in-person learning from May 3 until May 10 and students are expected to be able to return May 11. Students will continue with virtual learning during the closure.

The notice said all of the positive cases were from students. According to the Wayne County Schools website and COVID-19 Tracker, 30 in-person students tested positive between April 24-May 3. One virtual student also tested positive during the week.

Superintendent Todd Alexander said there is no set number they use to close a school for positive COVID-19 cases, but the administration works with the state Department of Health and Human Resources to determine whether an incident is an outbreak.

Alexander said administration is calling the positive cases an outbreak but he is unaware if the DHHR is labeling the situation an outbreak in the county. An outbreak, he said, is when two or more students test positive and are not connected outside of school.

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