Two students test positive for coronavirus at Indian Trail High School and Academy
KENOSHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Two freshman at Indian Trail High School and Academy tested positive for coronavirus.
The Kenosha Unified School District and the Kenosha County Division of Health announced the news Wednesday, Sept. 16. Officials say these are the first confirmed cases of the virus with KUSD since students returned to in-person and virtual learning on Monday, Sept. 14.
According to a news release,One of the individuals in question went to school Monday with symptoms of the virus before staying home Tuesday and today. The other was at school both Monday and Tuesday and stayed at home today.
One of the individuals in question went to school Monday, but has stayed home since Tuesday when symptoms first appeared. The other was at school both Monday and Tuesday and stayed at home today.
The individuals are both in isolation for 10 days. Close contacts will be required to quarantine for 14 days. That includes those who have had direct physical contact with the infected individuals, such as a hug or handshake, were within six feet of the COVID-19 positive individual for more than 15 minutes, had contact with respiratory secretions from the infected individuals, such as were coughed or sneezed on or shared a drinking glass.
Superintendent Dr. Sue Savaglio-Jarvis said, “We are working closely with our local health department to ensure affected staff and students quarantine as needed for the safety and well-being of all. This important safety measure is in place to prevent further spread of infection by those who were in close contact with the COVID-19-positive individuals. In addition, enhanced cleaning of affected areas has occurred.” She further added, “The district is prepared for those impacted to flip to virtual learning for the duration of the required quarantine period.”
Parents are urged to monitor their students and other family members.
“It’s important to remember that COVID-19 cannot be transmitted by simply passing an infected person in the hallway,”said Kenosha County Health Director Dr. Jen Freiheit. “That’s not a close contact. Only those close contacts within classrooms or elsewhere will receive a close-contact quarantine letter.”
An updated list of testing sites in and around Kenosha County is available here.
For more information on COVID-19 safety in Kenosha schools, click here.