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Leesburg Elementary School employee tests positive for COVID-19 virus

A staff member at Leesburg Elementary School is among the eight people in the Lake County School system who tested positive for COVID-19 this past week.

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Three of positive results were among students and the other five were employees. One of the students attends Fruitland Park Elementary School and the other two are Tavares High School students. Besides Leesburg Elementary, the staff members work at Lost Lake Elementary, Lake Technical College and Mount Dora High School, according to Lake County Schools Communication Director Sherri Owens.

The Fruitland Park Elementary student and two others who had direct contact were advised to quarantine per guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Owens said a total of 22 Lake County students and 13 staff members currently are quarantined across the district.

A Villages High School student also tested positive for COVID-19 this week. That positive result marked the first among students or staff members in the Sumter County School system since schools opened this past Monday, according to Assistant Superintendent Deborah Moffitt. She added that she didn’t have any other information available about that positive result.

“We report all possible cases to the Department of Health and they determine if isolation needs to occur and the duration of that isolation,” she said. “Employees have been informed on the procedures if they become exposed or ill. Staff has been trained on how to handle students that become ill at school.”

A Florida Department of Health reported released Thursday showed that 11.5 percent of children tested in the tri-county area are suffering from COVID-19. Those statistics also show that 1,156 children under the age of 18 in the local area have tested positive for the potentially deadly virus, which represents about 7.1 percent of the overall number of cases – 16,228 – reported in the tri-county area.

As of Thursday, 558 minors in Marion County were being reported as positive for COVID-19, along with 512 from Lake County and 86 from Sumter County. A total of 10,057 juveniles have been tested in the local area – 4,136 in Marion County, 5,309 in Lake County and 612 in Sumter County.

Across Florida, there have been 48,928 positive results among the 326,368 minors who have been tested. That amounts to a positivity rate of 15 percent across the state, which is higher than the 11.5 percent rate in the local area.

There have been eight deaths among minors in Florida – two in the 5-10 age group, two in the 11-13 age group and four in the 14-17 age group. Also, 611 children have being hospitalized with the virus, according to the Florida Department of Health.

The breakdown by age of those minors reported with COVID-19 across Florida is:

  • Under 1 years old – 2,604 cases (5 percent);
  • 1-4 years old – 7,644 cases (16 percent);
  • 5-10 years old – 13,018 cases (27 percent);
  • 11-13 years old – 8,281 cases (17 percent); and
  • 14-17 years old – 17,381 cases (36 percent).

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