East Sac County COVID Information
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A press release from Superintendent Jeff Kruse:
Sept. 2, 2020
Public health has confirmed two East Sac County students, elementary and MS, have tested positive for COVID-19. Neither of them were in school the 48 hours prior to symptoms starting. Students/parents who had contact outside of school have been notified with how to proceed and public health will also be assisting in any additional contact tracing. The district will continue to work with the Sac County Public Health Department and share information as deemed appropriate.
There are many questions that still surround who and when testing should occur. Recent guidance suggests that you do NOT need to be tested unless you experience direct contact with someone who has tested positive OR have symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing). There is a Test Iowa clinic site in Carroll and a drive through site in Storm Lake. To register you go to the Test Iowa website (https://www.testiowa.com/en). Only individuals with confirmed contact, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines as being within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes up to two days prior to the onset of symptoms or positive test, will be notified. The district is encouraging parents and guardians to continue monitoring their child’s health and to remain home if they display any symptoms associated with COVID-19, such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or loss of taste or smell.
Your primary health care provider can help determine if you need testing or treatment. In addition, you can call 211, the state’s Coronavirus hotline, for more health-related information. If you believe you may have been exposed to the virus or are experiencing symptoms, DO NOT go immediately to a clinic, emergency room, or doctor’s office. Instead, either call 211 or your primary health care provider for guidance.
At this time, ESC will remain open and we will deal with COVID on a case by case basis. We cannot stress enough the importance of basic good health practices, such as regularly washing your hands, covering your cough, and staying home any time you feel ill.