Virus spike hits Wellsville students, parents

Greg Mast

WELLSVILLE — The Wellsville community is fighting an outbreak of the coronavirus.

Four students and two parents in the district recently tested positive for COVID-19, Ryan Bradbury, Wellsville superintendent, said in a release Sunday night.

“We understand that in the world of social media, etc., that at times a family may learn of the positive test and share that information before the district receives confirmation,” Bradbury said. “We appreciate the communication we have received from families as it allows us to move through the process at a quicker pace with confirmed information. Please know that we are working hard to share information in a timely manner, but we want to ensure we are sharing accurate and confirmed information.”

The district suspended all in-person student activities until additional information could be gathered about this situation, Bradbury said.

The district began summer conditioning and weights for athletes on June 1 in accordance to all KSHSAA and county regulations.

“While none of these cases are linked to the food service program, out of an abundance of caution the summer food service program has been suspended as well,” Bradbury said.

The school district is working with the Franklin County Health Department to follow all guidelines and recommendations regarding the matter, Bradbury said.

The county health department performed drive-thru testing Thursday in the high school parking lot.

The drive-thru testing was a joint effort between the Franklin County Health Department, Franklin County Emergency Management, Wellsville USD 289, the City of Wellsville, the Wellsville Police Department and the Ottawa Family Physicians Lab Staff, county officials said.

The drive-thru testing was open to Wellsville residents only and/or those who have children in the Wellsville School District.

This past weekend, Franklin County received eight positive tests to bring the total to 65 positive cases. The health department is waiting on 147 pending test results. The county has just under 1,600 negative tests.