Creston Community School District parents were notified of one confirmed case of COVID-19 by district officials Thursday.
According to a press release, the district has become aware of the case of COVID-19 in one first-grader at Creston Community Elementary School, who is now at home recovering and will not return to school until the isolation period of 14-day has expired and his or her symptoms have improved.
After consulting with Union County Public Health, the district contacted parents and guardians of exposed children, who are required to self-quarantine for 14 days from the identified date of exposure, Sept. 14. Students may be allowed to resume education on campus as early as Sept. 29 if they are fever-free for 24 hours and symptoms are improving. In the meantime, the students will receive their education through remote education services.
In an effort to curb potential spread of the virus, contract tracing for exposure continues to be in progress. Anyone who may have been exposed will be contacted by their county public health officials and district personnel.
The situation continues to be monitored by district administrators, school nurse, Union County Public Health. A thorough cleaning and sanitizing protocol of the room and areas of the building have been completed.
Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to COVID-19. The most common symptoms of the virus are fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Parents are asked to keep children home, expect to seek medical care, and separate from others in the household as much as possible.
A viral test is needed to determine if someone is infected. The best way to prevent the spread is by limiting exposure to the virus and following these guidelines:
● Maintain social distancing (6 feet).
● Wash hands with soap and water. If soap and water are not available use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. ● Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
● Wear a cloth face covering when around others and social distancing cannot be maintained. Please contact the district or Union County Public Health with any questions.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.