O'Neal reports first COVID-19 case

An individual at the O’Neal School is self-isolating while “following guidance from medical professionals” after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Head of School John Elmore made the announcement Wednesday afternoon in an email.

The school is working with the Moore County Health Department and has notified families whose children have been in contact with the person testing positive.  Elmore did not state if it was a student who has the virus.

“A case in our on-campus community is the reality that we have prepared to address for so many months,” said Elmore.  “This is why our mitigation protocols have been so strictly enforced.  O’Neal’s families, faculty and staff have been so cooperative and always use an abundance of caution whenever there have been symptoms or an exposure. We are all grateful.”

Students have been in school full time since mid-August. COVID-19 protocols include daily symptom surveys, temperature checks at home and on arrival at campus. Staff and students in grades K-12 are required to wear face masks and maintain their distances. The school has been on a routine cleaning and disinfecting schedule.

“O’Neal will continue to follow the direction from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC, and other public health experts over the coming months to direct our planning and actions,” said Elmore.

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