Kent Health Officer William Webb has rescinded an order to close Chestertown Christian Academy after a suspected case of COVID-19 came back negative.
“We are fortunate that the individual tested negative and we have vacated the closure order,” Webb said in a brief interview Friday morning. “The school is free to resume in-person instruction immediately.”
School officials voluntarily closed its doors after they received knowledge of the suspected case of COVID-19 on Sept. 25.
The negative test result follows a standoff off with the health department in recent days that began after school officials refused to provide information on the suspected case that would support contact tracing efforts — to determine if further transmissions resulted, Webb said.
The standoff prompted school officials to hire David Gibbs, III of the National Center for Life and Liberty, which represents religious organizations.
Webb said the school will now require students to wear face coverings while seated at their desks, as required by Gov. Larry Hogan’s emergency executive order. The health department learned through investigation that the school had not required students to wear masks in the classroom while seated.
Webb said the Kent County Health Department followed the book on the suspected case of COVID-19 and will follow the same procedures in the future to protect public health.