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Lynchburg area child tests positive for COVID-19

Child attends the Madison Heights location of Caterpillar Clubhouse

MADISON HEIGHTS, Va. – A Lynchburg area child has tested positive for coronavirus, according to the director of a local day care center.

The child attends the Madison Heights location of Caterpillar Clubhouse, according to director Shelly Hunt.

A letter went out to parents of children at the day care location notifying them of child’s positive results on Monday, according to Hunt.

Hunt says that the day care was last in contact with the Virginia Dept. of Health at 4 p.m. Monday, and claims the center is following all guidelines from the health department.

The Madison Heights location of Caterpillar Clubhouse was open Monday and will remain open Tuesday, per health department recommendations, according to Hunt.

“The safety of our children is our number one priority," said Hunt.

Hunt would not provide 10 News with the letter sent to parents or share how many children attend the day care.

Concerned parents did share the letter with 10 News. In it, day care officials tell parents the child was at the center last on Friday, April 17 and potentially had direct contact with other children in the toddler classroom.

The daycare chose to close that classroom until May 1st.

The infected toddler also has siblings in the 2 to 3-year-old classrooms. They too were on campus Friday and half of Monday.

According to day care officials, all staff impacted are in quarantine until May 1. The center will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

The daycare director has asked moms and dads to keep their children at home if they’ve been within six feet of the infected toddler and to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.

The Lynchburg health department told 10 News it is investigating and is providing public health guidance as needed.

Concerned parents who wish to stay anonymous shared the letter with 10 News. The child attends the Madison Heights location of Caterpillar Clubhouse
Concerned parents who wish to stay anonymous shared the letter with 10 News. The child attends the Madison Heights location of Caterpillar Clubhouse (anonymous parent)

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