Parents react to Mercer County school bus driver testing positive for COVID-19

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PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — 9/28/2020 8 p.m. UPDATE: Mercer County Schools released further details on a positive COVID-19 case confirmed on one of their buses, stating it came from one of their bus operators.

Jennifer Hagerman is a mother of two. With both in school, she hopes she did everything to ensure they are safe when they get on the bus.

“They understand that you know they could get sick and they don’t want to. Just like when flu season is here, we understand that we could get sick,” said Hagerman.

She is not alone in this.

Staff of Mercer County Schools are performing routine deep cleaning of the schools and its buses, paying extra attention to any areas affected by this case. Even after the announcement of a positive case, Hagerman is still confident her children will be safe in school.

“I think that everybody is taking proper precautions,” Hagerman said. “I think the school is doing a good job with sanitizing and hand sanitizer and wearing masks.”

Hagerman tries to take her kids to school whenever she can. But with the varying bus routes and a condensed school schedule, she does not always have time to carpool and get to work.

“But we’ve adjusted,” Hagerman said. “That’s what you do… you do what you have to do. That’s just life, isn’t it?”

Students and staff who are at risk of exposure from the case were told to quarantine. Contact tracing is underway by the Mercer County Health Department and Board of Education.


PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) — 9/28/2020 12:15 p.m. ORIGINAL STORY: The Mercer County Board of Education announced there is a school bus driver who tested positive for COVID-19. The discovery was made on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.

A release on Monday morning stated students and staff who are known to be exposed were notified to quarantine. Contact tracing is under way by the Mercer County Health Department.

Deep cleaning and disinfecting is being done on all affected areas. Mercer County was in Green on the County Alert System map on Saturday. It remained in Green on Monday morning.

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