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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.


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.


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

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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