OWLS HEAD — An individual associated with the Ash Point Community School recently tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Dec. 25 letter sent by the Regional School Unit 13 administration.
“There is a possibility that a small number of staff and students came in contact with the individual and therefore may have been exposed to the virus,” said the letter, signed by Superintendent John McDonald.
All close contacts have received notification from the district, according to the district.
Call a health care provider if symptoms start. It is important that you call a health care facility before you show up in person. Stay home if you are sick.”
Signs and symptoms include:
• fever or chills
• shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• muscle or body aches
• new loss of taste or smell
• sore throat
• congestion or runny nose
• nausea or vomiting
Please keep in mind that many things can cause respiratory illness, so students and staff should be up-to-date on influenza and routine vaccinations, the letter noted.
Maine CDC recommends prevention measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures include proper handwashing with soap and warm water, which is especially important after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. When soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Questions for the school can be directed to principal Ben Tripp via e-mail to email@example.com. For general COVID-19 questions, dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695). You can also text your ZIP code to 898-211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Call a health care provider for questions about your symptoms. More information can be found at www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.