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Bishop Gorman HS reports 6 additional positive COVID-19 tests

Posted at 6:12 PM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 02:30:59-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV)  — Bishop Gorman High School reports Thursday it was alerted to six COVID-19 positive test results that include five on campus and one online.

These are in addition to the two positive tests the school says it reported on Wednesday.

Preliminary contact tracing indicated that the cases originated at two off-campus student gatherings, according to the school, and appear to be related to the ones reported on Wednesday.

Gorman representatives say there is currently no evidence suggesting that any transmission has occurred on campus and that the school is going to great lengths to protect students, faculty and staff during the pandemic.

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The actions of certain students outside the campus environment are putting students, families, and faculty at risk, according to the school as a party was also planned for Thursday evening in the Southern Highlands community that was said to include about 70 Gorman students and others.

In a letter sent to parents and students, President John Kilduff noted that these types of events are completely irresponsible and will consider possible disciplinary action against students who are not following state guidelines.

Large numbers of COVID-19 positives originating off-campus could result in the closure of the entire school, according to Gorman Principal Kevin Kiefer. He also noted in the letter for parents to tell their children the responsibility they have in their actions.

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Gorman says it has been in contact with the Southern Nevada Health District and following the school’s response plan with notifying the families of the affected students.

The SNHD has recommended that only the affected students enter into distance learning for the recommended time, according to Gorman.