Districtwide COVID-19 outbreak at West Grand schools confirmed
After reporting a series of COVID-19 exposures at both of its schools last week, West Grand learned on Thursday that the district has met the state’s criteria for an outbreak.
Because of the districtwide outbreak, Grand County Public Health will work in coordination with the school district to decide which classes or cohorts must stay home for a 14 day quarantine.
The county will also work to notify individuals who were potentially exposed to the coronavirus to explain the quarantine orders. All students, teachers and staff who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 must stay home until released from isolation.
Also, any students or school staff who start seeing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their primary care provider, Middle Park Health or GCPH for further consultation, according to the county’s health department.
Grand County Public Health and West Grand notified the public on Nov. 10 about a series of potential COVID-19 exposures at West Grand schools as the district pivoted to online learning.
According to a news release from Grand County Public Health, the exposures and probable positive cases at the two West Grand schools had been isolated, but a connection between the schools was established, thus meeting criteria set by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Colorado Department of Education for a districtwide outbreak.
Within a week, the outbreak will be listed on the state’s COVID-19 database, Grand County Public Health wrote in a Thursday news release.
West Grand schools will remain closed to in-person learning through Thanksgiving, but will continue remote learning. The district will complete a thorough cleaning and sanitation of all school buildings prior to students’ and staff’s return.
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