Shelby High School student tests positive for COVID.

October 8, 2020

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Shelby High School student tests positive for COVID.

SHELBY — Shelby Public Schools announced Wednesday, Oct. 7, that a high school student tested positive for COVID-19.

A letter from Secondary Principal Mark Olmsted posted on the Shelby High School Facebook page states:

“Late Tuesday afternoon October 6th, we confirmed with District Health Department #10 that a Shelby High School student had recently tested positive for COVID-19. In conjunction with the health department, we immediately began to establish what students or staff may have been in close contact with the individual who tested positive. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet or less of another individual for 15 consecutive minutes or longer. People who were determined to have been in close contact were directed to take appropriate measures based on health department guidelines.

“The health and safety of students, staff and the overall community continue to be a top priority. We continue to follow sanitizing practices and other procedures that minimize student and staff risk of being exposed to COVID-19 while at school. We take this opportunity to remind you as well that parents are responsible for screening your student for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to sending them to school.

Symptoms to watch for are:

  • Temperatures 100.4 degree Fahrenheit or higher
  • Sore throat
  • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)
  • Diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain
  • New onset of headache especially with a fever

Should your student display any of the following symptoms, they need to stay home from school until they have been symptom free for 24 hours. Thank you for your efforts to keep your child and other children safe. Should you have any questions regarding this situation or related to COVID-19 in the school, please call the high school at (231) 861-4452.”

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