Update: Official says teacher does not have whooping cough

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TRINITY, N.C. — A Randolph County Schools spokeswoman that initially told FOX8 a teacher at Hopewell Elementary School was diagnosed with pertussis is now saying that information is not correct.

On Tuesday, the spokeswoman initially confirmed the case of whooping cough, adding the school’s principal was notified Monday evening. She said a letter would go out to parents on Tuesday.

However, the official contacted FOX8 around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday and said that information is “not confirmed.”

Around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Sherri Trotter, Director of Student Services, says the teacher spoke with the health department and the CDC and the teacher’s symptoms do not match those of whooping cough.

No other information was immediately available. 

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