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COVID forces EG schools to close

District will go online next week

EAGLE GROVE — The Eagle Grove Community School District has cancelled school for today and Friday due to multiple COVID-19 exposures within the district, Superintendent Jess Toliver confirmed on Wednesday.

He said the district is preparing to go to an online model for one week starting on Monday.

Toliver said the spread impacted the high school and the elementary school most adversely.

About a third of students at the high school are on quarantine, Toliver reported.

At the elementary school, Toliver said about a third to half of the staff is on quarantine.

Toliver said a pop-up COVID-19 testing site is going to be set up at the elementary school.

“When we get those results back, we will have a better idea of community spread,” Toliver said.

According to the state’s coronavirus website, the 14-day positivity rate in Wright County was 9.6% as of Wednesday. That ranks in the middle of the pack for the state.

To date, there have been 570 positive cases in Wright County. One death has been attributed to the virus.

The district made the decision to cancel in-person classes at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Toliver said the district will reevaluate its plan sometime in the middle of next week.

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