(School COVID Case) 10/12

            Members of the Morris Area School District have come down with a positive test for COVID-19.

            Supt. Troy Ferguson’s office released a statement on Sunday saying they were notified on Friday by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) of two additional lab confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Morris Area Schools community.

            It is important to note that neither of these cases have been in school since Friday, October 2nd. The district has worked with the MDH, Lakes Country Regional Support Team, and Local Public Health Officials over the weekend worked to identify those who had close contact with the cases, and continue to communicate with them individually. The risk of exposure for other individuals present in the building on that date is no greater than the risk of contracting the virus in the general community.

            The consistent advice from public health officials continues to be, even if you were not identified and contacted to have close contact with a positive case, you should still monitor for symptoms of illness, but do not need to stay home unless symptoms develop. If symptoms develop, stay home and consult with your physician to determine if medical evaluation is needed.

            The district is asking all members of our community to minimize the spread of illness by taking the following actions:

● Protect yourself and others by wearing a face covering when it is hard to stay 6 feet away from people; washing your hands often with soap and water; covering your cough and sneeze; and avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands.

● If you are sick, stay home from child care and other activities.

● Be prepared in case you get sick and need to stay home. Keep enough food, regular prescription drugs, and other necessities on hand in case you need to stay home and are not able to go out easily.

● Frequently clean all commonly touched surfaces (e.g., telephones, doorknobs, countertops, etc.).

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