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COVID-19 case reported at Union Sanborn School

by Brendan Berube
Editor - Record-Enterprise
January 13, 2021
NORTHFIELD — A letter was sent to parents last week reporting a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Northfield's Union Sanborn School.

Principal Jessica Welch reported in the letter, dated Jan. 7, that an adult who had been in the building early last week began experiencing symptoms two days later, and tested positive for the virus.

Upon learning of the positive test, school officials began working with the state's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to notify any staff that had been in close contact with the infected individual. Affected staff are currently quarantining for 14 days, along with a cohort of students from one classroom who were also identified as having been in close physical contact. Any parents or children who experience symptoms such as fever, chills, difficulty breathing, aches or loss of taste and/or smell are advised to get tested themselves and isolate at home.

"The safety of our children, employees and visitors is our top priority," Welch wrote, adding that school staff have been following CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting high-traffic areas and frequently touched surfaces throughout the building.

Welch also asked parents and students to continue doing their part at home to prevent the spread of the virus by washing your hands often with either soap and water or hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol; avoiding close contact with anyone outside your own home whenever possible, and maintaining a distance of at least six feet from others and wearing a cloth face covering over both your nose and mouth when in public; covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands; and staying at home if you feel ill, particularly if you experience any of the symptoms noted above.

Martin Lord Osman
Town of Brookfield
Town of Brookfield
Varney Smith
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