Three BCHS students test positive for COVID-19

By Casey S. Elliott
Monday, October 5, 2020

Three Beaverhead County High School students tested positive for the coronavirus in the past few days, and district staff and students were in contact with the positive cases when they could have transmitted the virus.

BCHS Superintendent and Principal Gary Haverfield said Monday one student tested positive on Saturday; the district received notification of two additional students testing positive Sunday.

"According to the Beaverhead County Public Health Department, the district's staff and students were in contact with the affected students during the period of possible exposure," Haverfield said, adding the district is taking precautions to reduce the chance of COVID-19 spread in the school.

Two of the three students have not been at the school since Sept. 28; the other student attended school most recently on Sept. 30. Haverfield did not release further details on the ages or genders of the students.

The district is quarantining students who are considered possible close contacts. Officials also canceled the Oct. 6 Froshmore football game versus East Helena.

The district is working with public health to trace contacts; Haverfield said public health will inform contacts on next steps.

Read more about the local virus spread in this week's Dillon Tribune.