North Haven school officials provide update on new island COVID-19 cases

Mon, 11/09/2020 - 2:15pm

    NORTH HAVEN — The COVID-19 outbreak on the island of North Haven has increased Monday, according to a letter shared in the afternoon by North Haven Community School Superintendent Peter Gallace and teaching principals John Dow and Christine Cooper. 

    “We have been told by the clinic that there are at least 13 confirmed cases and 2 presumptive cases of COVID-19 on the island,” the letter stated. 

    After previously reporting over the weekend an elementary school teacher and high school student tested positive, the school administrators reported Monday one additional teacher has had indirect contact with a positive individual. 

    “The clinic has the names of the students that worked with that teacher on Tuesday, November 3rd,” the letter stated. “If the CDC or the North Haven Clinic believes that your child or family needs to be tested, they will contact you directly.” 

    School administrators emphasized there are no cases, at this point, of COVID-19 being transmitted from within the school community. 

    “This is a credit to our teachers, students and staff maintaining the discipline of social distancing, regular hand sanitizing and mask wearing,” the letter said.

    School staff will be directly notifying families of any other positive cases that may affect the school or families. 

    “We are working with the North Haven Clinic and the Maine CDC to contact trace and give you the most updated information,” said the letter. 

    All students will continue with remote learning until a return to school on Nov. 30 to allow testing to occur and allow for a thorough cleaning of the school.