Another COVID case in OR schools; numbers continue to climb

Another Oak Ridge Schools employee has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Superintendent Dr. Bruce Borchers.

Officials were informed of the positive test results on Wednesday morning and quickly began notifying parents. The unidentified staff member spent time at both Jefferson Middle School and at Oak Ridge High School last Friday. That individual had not been back at either facility since Friday, according to school leaders, who say that the staffer is already in voluntary quarantine and received word of their positive test on Wednesday morning.
Borchers says that all of the areas where the staff member spent time last Friday have been cleaned since then, and that all staff members and their families who may have had contact with that person have been notified of a potential exposure.

As Oak Ridge Today points out, this is the fifth overall COVID-19 case in Oak Ridge Schools, and the fourth in the past two weeks, since July 15.
Some Oak Ridge students returned to school Wednesday, and the rest, including students at Jefferson Middle School went back to class today. (July 30th, 2020)

That news came on the same day that the Tennessee Department of Health announced that the state had passed a couple of grim milestones, as there are now over 100,000 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Tennessee (100,822 as of the Wednesday update), and that over 1000 people have died as a result of complications of COVID-19 (1020 as of the Wednesday update. Find the latest data here.

Locally on Wednesday, Anderson County reported 36 new cases, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 536, with 271 cases listed as active, compared to 260 recoveries. An additional death was also reported in Anderson County Wednesday, bringing the total number of fatalities to five.

Campbell County officials reported eight new cases on Wednesday, bringing the total to 160, with 85 cases active and 74 recoveries. One person has died as a result of the virus in Campbell County.

In Roane County, another 21 cases were reported on Wednesday, bringing their total to 294. Of those, 124 people have recovered, there are 169 active cases, and one person has died

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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