BURLESON — A Burleson High School student who attended a vigil has tested positive for COVID-19, Burleson ISD announced Friday evening.
In a Facebook post, Burleson ISD said the district was notified Friday afternoon that a BHS student tested positive for COVID-19. That student attended the Wednesday night vigil honoring the memory of 16-year-old Tre Allison, and then the student developed symptoms Thursday and later tested positive for COVID-19 within 48 hours after the vigil.
There were around 1,000 people in attendance at the candlelight vigil, with only a small percentage of that crowd adhering to social distancing guidelines.
BISD said it and the City of Burleson Public Health Authority are coordinating efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of all those who may have come into contact with the student.
The city’s Public Health Authority is encouraging a quarantine period of 14 days for those in attendance. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention defines close contact as being within six feet or less in proximity to an individual for 15 minutes or longer.
Despite businesses reopening, the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise on a nearly daily basis. For Texas, a record 2,287 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Sunday.
BISD has temporarily closed athletic facilities and suspended all UIL summer workouts and TEA-allowed activities for both Burleson High School and Centennial High School until the Public Health Authority notifies BISD that all individuals who were in close contact have been notified and are actively in quarantine.
Centennial High School’s summer workouts are suspended because several Spartan student-athletes attended Allison’s vigil.
BISD will notify its students as soon as UIL summer practices and TEA-allowed activities resume.
Allison, a football and basketball player for the Elks, died June 8 in a two-vehicle crash on Northwest John Jones Drive near Burleson High School.
UPDATE: Summer workouts at Centennial High School can resume on Wednesday while strength and conditioning cane resume at Burleson High School on June 22.