Austin High School closes due to "gradual but steady" rise in COVID-19 cases

Campus to switch to remote learning for at least three days

Talk 1370 Newsroom
November 16, 2020 - 6:15 am

AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Austin ISD says it's closing Austin High School for at least three days this week, due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.

The district says a "gradual but steady" rise of COVID-19 cases at the campus prompted officials to make the move. According to district data, 13 COVID-19 cases and 219 exposures had been reported as of November 13. 

Officials say contact tracing has helped them isolate the affected groups and that there doesn't appear to be any "immediate evidence" of community spread.

District officials say drive-through COVID-19 rapid testing will be available at the campus Monday afternoon from noon to 3 p.m.; data from that testing will be used by district officials and Austin Public Health to determine if the campus needs to remain closed for additional days.

Students will switch to remote learning while the campus remains closed. Extracurricular activities will be postponed or moved off-site.

As of Sunday evening, there are 1,981 active cases of COVID-19 in Travis County, a figure that has doubled since the beginning of November.

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