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The Belmont Health Department reported on Friday, Oct. 9 that a Belmont High School community member – either a student or a staff member – has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Friday’s notice is the second positive individual in the district, joining a Winn Brook Elementary School community member who was diagnosed on Sept. 28.
In an email message sent to the community by Belmont Superintendent John Phelan, Belmont Public School’s director of nursing Beth Rumley, RN, determined that the positive school community member was not present at school during their infectious period. The infectious period used for determining close contacts for COVID-19 is two days prior to becoming symptomatic or, if asymptomatic, two days prior to testing, up until the time the student/staff/teacher is isolated.
Therefore, no close contacts were identified among the school community in this situation.
Phelan said the district is taking the following steps:
- The Health Department and Nursing Director Rumley immediately began case investigations.
- The district has been planning for this scenario during the reopening planning process and have a comprehensive plan in place. All of those protocols have been implemented.
- The student body and staff have been closely adhering to the safety protocols, including mask wearing, hand washing, and physical distancing.
“We are grateful to our families for their continued efforts to keep students at home at the first sign of symptoms. These measures, taken in combination, greatly reduce the risk of additional transmission,” said Phelan.