7 Berkeley High School students test positive for COVID-19

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A press release from BUSD announced that seven students from Berkeley High School tested positive for COVID-19. The students who tested positive are self-isolating and their close contacts, in addition to the school community, have been notified about the positive cases.

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Berkeley Unified School District, or BUSD, learned Thursday that seven students at Berkeley High School have tested positive for COVID-19.

The individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 are self-isolating and BUSD has notified hundreds of close contacts to the individuals that tested positive, in addition to the school community, about this outbreak, according to a BUSD press release.

“At least five of these cases represent a COVID-19 outbreak at Berkeley High School, per the City of Berkeley Public Health Department, and six of the cases impact Berkeley High School athletics programs,” the BUSD press release stated.

BUSD provided certain individuals with rapid antigen and PCR tests Thursday and will provide testing for them again Monday, the press release noted.

The press release added that BUSD will continue to work with the City of Berkeley Public Health Division to monitor testing results and implement additional safety measures.

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