Herald Staff Writer
There should’ve been some wood nearby for Barberton’s spring musical directors to knock on.
Following the much-anticipated public presentation of “Clue” at Barberton High School March 18-21, one student participant has tested positive for COVID-19, forcing a contact tracing and subsequent quarantine of the cast and crew members who came in close contact with the infected individual.
“You know how with sports this year we had a few cases where we had to quarantine whole teams because of exposure,” choir director and Drama Club adviser Nicole Petrarca told The Herald after the March 20 performance. “That didn’t happen here.”
“Just like with the basketball teams and the wrestlers, we’ve done contact tracing and have isolated all those who had close contact with the infected person,” high school Principal Henry Muren said March 25. “I can’t give you the numbers because of HIPPA; someone could look at that and figure out who we’re talking about.”
Muren said this is a lesson people should heed.
“It means this isn’t over,” Muren said. “I’m worried about Spring Break. It’s nice, people are going to get together again and I’m worried about what will happen. I just met with the student leaders and we talked about prom and graduation plans. I don’t want anything to jeopardize that but this is still with us. Hey, Mr. Muren is sick of the mask. I can’t wait to get below 50 cases per 100,000 and have the governor lift the mandates. But we’re not there yet.”