Gretna HS reports 24 new cases from on-site testing last week

Posted at 2:21 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 20:08:45-04

GRETNA, Neb. (KMTV) — Last Thursday, a mobile COVID-19 testing site was set up at Gretna High School after several cases of the virus were linked back to an unsanctioned homecoming event. On Monday, the school's superintendent says 24 cases have been identified from testing carried out that day.

Gretna Public Schools Superintendent Rich Beran says the new cases represent an overall positivity rate of 7.29% for tests carried out that day and says the county's overall rate was 16% last week.

Beran says, "We will continue to work with the Sarpy/Cass Health Department and their guidelines to help slow the spread. We also would like to encourage the community to continue to follow the health department guidelines, by avoiding large gatherings, social distancing and wearing a mask whenever distancing is not possible."

Forty cases were previously connected to the homecoming event.

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