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Health officials investigate party involving high school students in Oldham County

The Oldham County Health Department is looking into reports of a positive COVID-19 case of a high school student that may have stemmed from a July 11 party.

OLDHAM COUNTY, Ky. — The Oldham County Health Department has initiated an investigation following a positive COVID-19 case that is believed to have stemmed from a party involving high school students.

Teresa Gamsky, Director of Public Health, confirmed the party took place on July 11 and involved students from North Oldham High School.

"We have one confirmed lab report to date. We are most likely expecting additional confirmed cases," Gamsky said Monday. 

At least three families have since reported to the health department saying they are feeling sick. Those families are believed to be related to the same party. 

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"This type of gathering and subsequent illness is how this virus continues to spread in our community," Gamsky explained. 

It has been determined that students at this party may also have been involved in North Oldham athletics and have reported any feelings of illness to the coaching staff. 

A statement from Oldham County Schools Superintendent Greg Schultz said the following:

"We have been informed that a person connected to the North Oldham High School football program has tested positive for COVID-19. We are working with the Oldham County Health Department and following the protocol of a 14-day waiting period and not hosting conditioning during that time."

Out of caution, the football program was asked to halt practices until health officials can investigate.

Gamsky said it's unclear how many people were at the party and if everyone or anyone was wearing a mask. 

The positive case comes just weeks before the first day of school. Oldham County students have the option to learn virtually, or in-person.

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Last week, a petition surfaced voicing concerns against in-person classes. 

Gamsky believes it's safe as long as people are wearing masks, self-isolating if they feel sick, and following other health-related guidelines. 

"If we can use that mask, and use that tool appropriately, we can do this. We can get our kids back in school."

Gamsky encourages those who went to the party on July 11 to get tested and hopes people will avoid similar events in the future. 

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