New positive COVID case has little reach at Cassville schools

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Employee in isolation, one student quarantined from 3rd positive

A third school-related positive case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) has been reported at Cassville schools, this time having a smaller effect on the district.

Richard Asbill, Cassville superintendent, said the district learned on Tuesday a district employee tested positive, and after working with the Barry County Health Department for contact tracing, determined only one student was required to quarantine.

Positive cases are put in isolation, which is a 10-day window to recover from the virus after testing positive. A person in isolation is not released until after 10 days and going 24 hours symptom free, with no use of fever-reducing medications. Close contacts are defined as any person who was within six feet of a positive case for more than 15 minutes over a short period of time. Those people will be placed in quarantine, which is a 14-day period that begins when the contact was last near the positive case. For those in the same household, the 14 days would begin after the isolation ends and a positive case is recovered.

Close contacts who are quarantined are typically not positive cases. The majority of close contacts ultimately test negative.

Asbill said the employee who tested positive does not have daily interactions with students or staff inside school buildings. As a result of the latest positive, the district has made alterations to seating arrangements in certain areas that aim to prevent the necessity for additional quarantines in a repeat situation.

The first case of COVID-19 reported during the school year was reported on Aug. 29 and resulted in 20 Cassville Middle School students being quarantined. The first overall school-related positive came before school began and resulted in the quarantine of the Cassville Middle School volleyball team.

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