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Somerton School District Employees Test Positive For COVID-19

Somerton School District officials on Wednesday reported that an employee at the Tierra Del Sol Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19.

That now makes five district employees who have tested positive, following Tuesday's announcement of four employees at Desert Sonora Elementary School.

The schools have been closed to students and most staff since late March. Tierra Del Sol will be closed and professionally cleaned and disinfected.

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Somerton School District officials on Tuesday announced that four district employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

District officials said the four employees last worked on May 8 at Desert Sonora Elementary School.

The school has been closed to students and most staff for several weeks since Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and state Superintendent Kathy Hoffman closed all state schools.

Somerton district Superintendent Dr. Laura Noel told KAWC only food service staff and a few other staff members were on campus.

"You know, with COVID-19, it’s so communicable that you really have to let everybody know that might have had any potential crossing of paths," Noel said. "Even being in the same vicinity. If someone was working at a table and another person came and worked at that table, you’ve got to let people know about potential exposure.” 

Desert Sonora Elementary School is currently closed for cleaning and disinfecting of the facility. Parents and students are being redirected to the Encanto Learning Center for their meals.

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Stay tuned to KAWC to hear from Superintendent Dr. Laura Noel.

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