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39 students, 17 teachers quarantined for coronavirus in St. Lucie County

21 students quarantined at St. Lucie West K-8
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Posted at 7:08 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 19:25:59-04

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.  — Fall classes started Monday in St. Lucie County, but the coronavirus is already impacting schools.

St. Lucie Public Schools spokeswoman Lydia Martin said Wednesday that 21 students are quarantined at St. Lucie West K-8 after one student tested positive for COVID-19. Two teachers are also quarantined at the school.

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Martin also said 18 students are quarantined at Samuel Gaines Academy K-8 after a staff member tested positive for the virus.

The school district also reported 15 teachers are quarantined at Weatherbee Elementary School after two staff members tested positive for the virus.

Superintendent Wayne Gent said Monday that about 46 percent of students returned to traditional in-classroom instruction, which is a lower number than expected.

The Florida Department of Health said this week they will begin to publish coronavirus data for schools after a report was accidentally posted online.

The state reported Wednesday there have been 6,773 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in St. Lucie County and 230 deaths.