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More local schools identifying cases of COVID-19

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Published: Sep. 4, 2020 at 12:55 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 4, 2020 at 7:24 PM CDT
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ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WBAY) - Just as the school year begins, local school districts are already having to put their plans into action to prevent the coronavirus from spreading and closing their classrooms again.

Pulaski is the most recent school district in our area to learn someone tested positive. A notice to parents obtained by Action 2 News does not identify the patient as a student or staff member but says the school district is working with the county health department to identify and quarantine students or staff who may have had close contact with the person.

St. Mary’s Springs High School in Fond du Lac switched to virtual learning Friday after a student tested positive, but it anticipates in-person classes to resume the day after Labor Day (see related story). Kimberly High School and Hemlock Creek School in the West De Pere School District also reported cases.

Two people in the Ashwaubenon School District have tested positive for COVID-19. The district sent letters home to families Friday announcing a positive case at Parkview Middle School and a positive case at Ashwaubenon High School. The district did not release additional information about the people who tested positive.

Like Pulaski, the district is working with its county health department on contact tracing and notifying students or staff who may have been in close contact with the people who tested positive. People who need to quarantine will be notified. If a child has had close contact with a person who tested positive, the family will receive a letter with instructions about monitoring symptoms, quarantining and testing.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says close contact is defined as “living with an individual who is positive for COVID-19, coming in contact with respiratory secretions of an infected individual (coughed/sneezed on, shared glasses/food/personal items), having physical contact with an infected individual, or being within 6 feet of an infected individual for more than 15 minutes”.

“At this point, most students and staff in the District are at low risk for a COVID-19 exposure from this confirmed case of COVID-19. This means you can continue with your daily activities, including work and school, if you do not have any symptoms of illness. As always, you should monitor your family for symptoms of COVID-19,” reads a statement from the district.

Many schools we’ve talked with holding in-person classes are advising children or staff to stay home if they feel sick or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19

  • Fever (100.4 degrees or higher)
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Runny nose/congestion
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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