TBHS Student Allegedly Tests Positive for COVID-19

Thunder Basin High School
Thunder Basin High School

Three days into the 2020-21 school year and a Thunder Basin High School (TBHS) student has allegedly tested positive for COVID-19, according to a source close to the school who asked to remain anonymous when contacting County 17 Thursday morning.

“Parents of students who have come into direct contact with the COVID-19 positive teen this week are being notified and asked to keep their children home from school at this time,” the source said.

It is unclear at this time if the lab-confirmed positive student is a male or female.

TBHS Nurse Janet Moore denied to comment when asked Thursday by phone, referring questions to TBHS Principal Terry Quinn, who Moore noted was not available for comment.

TBHS Secretary Connie Borchgrevink also declined to comment saying, “we can’t answer any questions at this time.”

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A parent of a TBHS high school student who wished to keep her name off record said Thursday on campus that her daughter had texted her saying that at least one student at the school has been tested and lab-confirmed positive for COVID-19. Other students who spoke to County 17 anonymously Thursday confirmed that they’d also heard a student has tested positive, and that other students who had been in close contact with that student, have also been asked to stay home and quarantine, which according to WDH protocol, means 14 days.

The students had also heard that an athletic trainer for one of the sports teams may have also tested positive.

An employee in the Campbell County School District Superintendent’s office said she had no knowledge of this event.

As of Thursday afternoon, Campbell County Public Health Information Coordinator Ivy Castleberry could not confirm if a CCSD student was lab-confirmed positive.

“We don’t provide more granule level data than the age and sex of the confirmed as well as the method of contraction,” Castleberry said by phone Thursday afternoon. “We cannot say if a particular employer has reported a positive case or not.”

Kim Deti, spokesperson for the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), said they have not been informed of a TBHS student testing positive at this point.

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Per the COVID-19 page on the WDH website dealing specifically with the response to COVID-19 in an educational institution, when a positive test result is reported to public health, a public health official will make contact with the person who tested positive, or with their parent if they’re under 18.

The school will be contacted and class schedules and seating charts will be gathered, per information found on the same website, and the person with COVID-19 will be issued isolation orders, which will direct them to stay home except to seek medical care. The isolation orders will remain in place until 10 days after onset of symptoms provided they have been fever-free for 24 hours and there’s been improvement in respiratory symptoms.

If the person never develops symptoms, the isolation orders will remain for 10 days from the date of their positive test.

This story will be updated as more details become available.