Individual associated with Rockland’s South School tests positive for COVID-19

Sun, 12/13/2020 - 4:45pm

    ROCKLAND — An individual associated with the South School in Rockland recently tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Dec. 12 letter from the district’s superintendent. 

    “There is a possibility that a very small number of staff or students came in contact with the individual and therefore may have been exposed to the virus,” wrote Superintendent John C. McDonald. “Close contacts will receive a phone call and a letter verifying their status as a close contact if identified. We are informing you out of an abundance of caution. 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
    • 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

    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 Justin Bennett by calling 596-2020 during normal school hours or via e-mail to For general COVID-19 questions, dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695). You can also text your ZIP code to 898-211 or email Call a health care provider for questions about your symptoms. More information can be found at or