Instructor tests Positive for COVID-19 at ORHS Band Camp

An instructor at the Oak Ridge High School band camp has tested positive for COVID-19, Superintendent Bruce Borchers said in a letter to parents on Wednesday, as first reported by our partners at Oak Ridge Today.

The instructor, who worked with multiple students and staff members, had no symptoms before learning of the positive test result Wednesday morning, according to the report.

The instructor, who isn’t being publicly identified, was immediately separated from the band camp and told to contact the appropriate county health department to report the diagnosis and ask for guidance, Borchers said.

Borchers said band camp was suspended Wednesday morning. All participants, both students and staff, were notified of possible COVID-19 exposure, regardless of how close they were to the instructor, and advised to contact either their physician or the appropriate county health department for guidance.

Those who were close to the instructor have been contacted individually to inquire about who else they may have had recent contact with The superintendent said all areas of the high school that could be infected have been closed and will remain so for two to five days, at a minimum, while they are cleaned. Nobody can enter the areas except for designated cleaning personnel, Borchers said.

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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