State health officials are investigating a potential COVID-19 outbreak at Osbourn Park High School in the Manassas area.
In a letter to families Friday, Osbourn Park Principal Lisamarie Kane said the potential outbreak is linked to positive coronavirus cases "involving athletics from the past few weeks." All of the cases were previously reported to the school community and all individuals involved are currently in isolation or quarantine, Kane said.
The Virginia Department of Health defines an “outbreak” as two or more cases where transmission occurred at the same location. Osbourn Park, like all other middle and high schools in the division, had been virtual-only all year until last week.
Prince William County schools spokeswoman Diana Gulotta said the division was notified last week of the possibility that the potential Osbourn Park outbreak would become official with its posting on the VDH "outbreaks in school settings dashboard."
As of Monday morning, however, it continues to be an investigation into a potential outbreak and had not been listed on the VDH dashboard.
So far, VDH has identified four outbreaks at county public schools. The health department was notified of an outbreak at Charles J. Colgan High School Dec. 30. Fannie Fitzgerald and Montclair Elementary Schools both reported outbreaks Jan. 27. Brentsville High School reported an outbreak Feb. 10. None have resulted in deaths and all four are considered “pending closure” by the state.
Five private schools in the county have reported outbreaks with significantly more cases. Evangel Christian School had 19 cases, Linton Hall School had five cases, St. Francis of Assisi had 10 cases, All Saints Catholic had five cases and Christ Chapel Academy had 10 cases. All considered “pending closure.”