West Central Schools closed on Wednesday for deep cleaning related to COVID-19

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HARTFORD, S.D. (KELO) — The West Central School District is closed on Wednesday.

According to social media posts, a Hartford man with children in the district was diagnosed with COVID-19. The state of South Dakota reported its first confirmed cases on Tuesday, including one death.

State health officials said the person who died was a man between the age of 60 and 69 from Pennington County.

The governor’s office said four other people with cases, all travel-related, are not hospitalized at this time:

  • Male 40-49 – Beadle County
  • Male 50-59 – Charles Mix County
  • Female 30-39 – Davison County
  • Male 40-49 – Minnehaha County

The district says the man hasn’t been on school property within the last week.

Wednesday morning, district administration met with county officials to discuss an action plan. The first steps include deep cleaning all the school buildings along with school transportation vehicles.

West Central officials plan to update families on Wednesday about when schools will reopen.


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