A Hardin County Schools elementary-aged student has been diagnosed with the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the county.

Lincoln Trail District Health Department received confirmation of a positive test for COVID-19 and Hardin County Schools spokesman John Wright said the student was in elementary school.

The News-Enterprise has confirmed the student attends Heartland Elementary School in Elizabethtown, based on a one-call the was sent out today by the school. Wright said only parents of students who attend the same elementary school as the student received the one-call.

Terrie Burgan, public information officer for LTDHD, said there would be no information provided publicly when the child was tested, where and when results came back. She also wouldn't comment on whether the child was in isolation at home or at a medical facility.

"We are just limited on the personal info we can provide about the patient,'' Burgan said.

No information was provided by the school district or LTDHD on the school grade or gender of the student. HCS said it's only statement on the positive test would be the video.

A video is available on the district's social media pages and district website sharing more information.

“We have learned from LTDHD that a student in our district has tested positive for COVID-19," Wright said in a news release. "... our actions will reflect its leadership and guidance. We know that this student exhibited no symptoms of the virus before we dismissed school (last) Thursday. We will continue to do what is right to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff in the days and weeks to come."

HCS Superintendent Teresa Morgan said in the video the district would follow the health department's "leadership and guidance.''

"We will continue to do what is right to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff in the days ahead,'' she said.

Conducting contact investigations is a priority for LTDHD.

The goals of a contact investigation are to successfully stop the transmission and prevent future cases of COVID-19, according to the release. LTDHD will conduct an in-depth investigation of all contacts with the patient. These individuals will be notified as soon as they have been identified. If you are not contacted by health department, you are considered as having no more risk than the public at this time.

This is the first positive in Hardin County. Because of the nature of COVID-19 more can be expected, the release stated.

"If you have not been standing at least 6 feet or more from the person who is next to you and avoiding all gatherings and crowds, then you are not practicing good citizenship," the release stated. "To get through this it will take all of us doing our part. Social distancing is the most powerful tool we have to prevent further spread of COVID-19. We know that social distancing can make all the difference."

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