Mater Dei cancels scrimmage against Reitz

Catholic Diocese of Evansville confirms 2 students, staff member test positive for COVID-19

Catholic Diocese of Evansville confirms 2 students, staff member test positive for COVID-19

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Mater Dei High School has canceled their scrimmage against Reitz this Friday, according to school leaders.

That comes just days after two students and one staff member at a Diocese school tested positive for COVID-19.

Leaders also confirmed Monday that a third student has tested positive. The Diocese has not confirmed which school or schools those individuals have been in.

The Catholic Diocese of Evansville discovered two students at one of its schools that returned to classes last week has tested positive for COVID-19.

This news comes hours after school officials revealed that a staff member at an unidentified school had also been diagnosed for COVID-19.

Classed continued as planned on Monday. Both students and the staff member are currently in self-quarantine.

The Catholic Education Office sent out the following statement in regard to the two students testing positive on Sunday:

The Diocese of Evansville Catholic Education Office continues to make the health and safety of students, their families and school staffs its priorities. Since classes resumed on Aug. 5, all diocesan schools have followed – and will continue to follow – all recommended protocols to keep students and staff safe.

The Catholic Education Office has learned that two students at one of the diocesan Catholic schools that returned to classes last week have tested positive for COVID-19. Diocesan and school officials have reported the tests to county health department officials. School officials have identified and contacted potential close contacts with the students, asking them to self-quarantine.

As a result, and with the approval of health-department officials, classes will continue on Monday. The students who tested positive are self-quarantining and will return to classes at the appropriate time. School families and the entire school community have been notified of the positive tests and the plan for classes to continue.

The Catholic Education Office urges parents to screen students daily before they arrive for classes, and it urges school staff to self-screen daily before arriving for classes. Students who are not feeling well and/or who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home, and parents should contact their health providers. Staff members who are not feeling well and/or who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home, and they should contact their health providers.

Due to privacy concerns, the Diocese of Evansville will not provide specific details on the individuals or schools involved.

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