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3 Elba students test positive for Covid-19

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 28 September 2020 at 3:12 pm

School will go remote-only rest of this week

ELBA – There are 3 confirmed cases of Covid-19 among students at Elba Central School District, with one case in the elementary school and two in the high school, the Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments reported this afternoon.

Elba won’t have in-person classes the rest of this week and will resume on Oct. 5, said Ned Dale, Superintendent of Elba Central School District.

“Due to the number of contacts out of abundance of caution the school will be going remote though Friday, October 2, 2020,” he said in a statement. “In-person learning is planned to resume on Monday, October 5, 2020.”

The three students who tested positive have been placed under mandatory isolation where they will remain until they are fully recovered, according to the Health Department.

One individual was last present in the school building on Sept. 15 and two individuals were last present in the building on Sept. 17. The local Health Department is conducting contact tracing that is in process. Students and/or staff will be notified and placed under quarantine if they were identified as a close contact, according to the notice from the Health Department.

“Individuals identified by the Health Department as being close contacts will be expected to follow the New York State Department of Health quarantine guidelines,” said Paul Pettit, Public Health Director for Genesee and Orleans County.

Pettit asked parents and guardians to continue to monitor child for symptoms and keep children home if they are sick.

“If your child does develop symptoms, please contact your child’s healthcare provider immediately,” Pettit said.

Symptoms of Covid-19 include but are not limited to: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.

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