ROCKPORT — An individual associated with Camden Hills Regional High School recently tested positive for COVID-19.. The school is simultaneously emailing families of students who are close contacts under separate cover, according to a school-wide email circulated Oct. 27.
“If you were not contacted separately, it means the school (with guidance from the CDC) did not identify your child as a close contact,” the email said, as written by the district’s central office.
“We don’t know what will result from the CDC’s own contact tracing. If you or your child is identified as a close contact of the person who tested positive by the CDC’s additional research, you will be contacted by the Maine CDC within 24-48 hours.
“We are letting our school community know at this time out of an abundance of caution. This is not an outbreak. Because of our safety protocols, we have in place (masking, distancing, sanitizing, etc…) we are hopeful that there may not be secondary cases.
“To give us time to make sure everyone gets notified and to make sure we have time to take all the proper precautions, we will have a REMOTE day for ALL students tomorrow, Wednesday, October 28, 2020. School will resume in person for those attending, other than those identified as close contacts, on Thursday, October 29.
“Just to let you know, we are working with the CDC to manage this situation. We are following all proper CDC guidelines regarding the cleaning of the building and necessary quarantining of close contacts will be in place. The district is not at liberty to divulge specific information about the person who tested positive.
“People who were identified as close contacts are required to quarantine for 14 days from last exposure to the positive individual. A negative test result does not get an individual out of quarantine. As a community, we need your help to make sure this situation is not played out on social media. Be respectful of one another in your communications and mindful of the factual information. To be extra cautious, please monitor yourself and your children for signs and symptoms.
“Call a health care provider if symptoms start. It is important that you call a healthcare facility before you arrive there in person. Students should stay home if they are sick. It is so important that you complete your child’s daily health screening each and every morning.
“ The symptoms can be found here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.htmlPreventing the spread of COVID-19
“The virus mainly spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes and an uninfected person breathes in the virus. Please continue to wear a mask, physically distance, and practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water or using hand sanitizer.”
For general COVID-19 questions, dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695). You can also text your ZIP code to 898-211 or email email@example.com.
For questions about your symptoms, call a healthcare provider.