Marana Unified School District confirms positive student COVID-19 case

Marana Unified School District confirms positive student COVID-19 case
Marana Unified School District (Source: Marana Unified School District)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Marana Unified School District has confirmed a COVID-19 case at Dove Mountain CSTEM K-8 School in a letter sent to parents on Nov. 10, 2020.

The following letter is from Principal Andrea Divijak:

"Hello,

The health and well-being of our staff and students is a top priority. I would like to take this opportunity to share newly identified health information.

We have one (1) confirmed COVID-19 case in a student at Dove Mountain CSTEM K-8 School identified on 11/10/20. The student was not on campus while contagious and there were no additional exposures.

We are choosing to send this notification to inform you whenever there is a confirmed positive case in the school in an effort to keep our families and staff informed. Exposure is defined as being within six feet of the sick person for more than 15 minutes while the person was infectious beginning 48 hours prior to symptom onset or the test date if asymptomatic. Regardless of the outcome of the exposure, any individual who was exposed will be asked to quarantine for at least 14 days.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that is spread through coughing, sneezing, and contact with nasal secretions, mucus or saliva from the mouth or throat of an infected person. Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 may include:

● Fever, chills

● Coughing

● Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

● New loss of taste or smell

● Other symptoms: body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, and runny nose

Both children and adults can get COVID-19, and some people are at higher risk for getting seriously ill. For the safety of your family and the community, it is critical for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with COVID-19. I would like to remind you it is important to follow all public health recommendations to reduce the risk of illness. These include:

· Wearing a mask properly at all times

· Washing your hands frequently with soap and water

· Avoid touching your face

· Maintaining social distance when possible Learn more about MUSD’s illness protocol for students who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, have exposure to or test positive for COVID-19. MUSD staff can find COVID-19 illness protocol here.

MUSD continues to follow the public health safety guidelines set forth by the CDC and the Pima County Health Department. Our schools practice enhanced cleaning and disinfecting, social distancing, hand washing, limiting visitors to campus and the requirement of a face covering. We are taking the necessary steps to protect the health of students and staff, which is our number one priority. You may refer to our District mitigation plan or individual school plans for more detailed guidelines and procedures.

If you have further questions about this notice, please contact Dove Mountain CSTEM K-8 School Health Services at 579-4500.

Sincerely,

Andrea Divijak

Principal"

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