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Boys & Girls Club of Sand Springs to be closed an additional week after member's positive COVID test
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Boys & Girls Club of Sand Springs to be closed an additional week after member's positive COVID test

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The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Sand Springs will be closed for the second week in a row following the reported positive COVID-19 test of a club member.

Jenny Swyden, the public relations manager for The Salvation Army’s Tulsa Metropolitan Area Command, said Monday evening that the club at 4403 S. 129th West Ave. will be closed for the rest of this week, but she did not say whether any additional patrons or staff members had tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I do not know specifics,” she said.

Capt. Daniel Nelson, area commander of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Command, had confirmed in an email to the Sand Springs Leader on Thursday afternoon that a club member had tested positive for COVID-19.

He said parents and guardians of club members were notified in a letter dated July 13 of the positive test and of the club’s decision to close for the remainder of last week.

Additionally, the letter said any prepaid days during the closure would be credited or refunded.

Swyden said Monday evening that staff members were following all COVID cleaning protocols, but she said she did not know specifically what that entailed.

Swyden said no other area official would be able to provide more specific information about the number of patrons or staff members involved because they would all be following “protocols for communication” from the national organization.

Nelson wrote to the Leader last week, “We trust this will be an isolated experience and are taking as many precautions as possible to provide safe service to the community.”

The local organization had posted on its Facebook page July 13 that the closure was “because of COVID protocols.”

“During the closure, we will suspend all athletic, pool, and fitness room programs,” the Facebook post said. “Our hope is to keep the closure as minimal as possible, without compromising the safety of those we serve. For updates on reopening, please check our Facebook page. Thank you for your understanding!”

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