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Dothan City Schools issued a social-media notice Saturday after it was told that a nutrition team employee at Morris Slingluff Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19.

In a post on Facebook, Superintendent Phyllis Edwards said the Houston County Health Department has directed that all employees who came in contact with the worker be sent for COVID-19 testing.

“The Health Department does not believe that anyone who had secondary contact (meaning came in contact with someone who had direct contact) is at risk at this time,” Edwards said in the post.

All nutrition staffers at the site, including the person who tested positive, were following, and continue to follow, recommended personal safety guidelines with gloves, masks and hand sanitizer, Edwards said.

“Therefore, we believe there is an extremely low risk of exposure to the community,” she said. “However, we felt it was necessary to inform the public of this low-risk exposure.”

The school system will continue to provide curbside pick-up meals at Selma Street Elementary School and the DCS Head Start Center.

“However, we will be temporarily closing the Morris Slingluff Elementary feeding site to allow the DCS maintenance and operations team to complete additional Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-recommended cleaning and sanitizing,” Edwards said. “We anticipate reopening operations, with the actual date to be determined.”

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