WESTMINSTER, Md. (WJZ) – Officials said on Friday, officials said the first official COVID-19 outbreak at Carroll County Public Schools was confirmed, in a special education program at Robert Moton Elementary School. in Westminster.
The Maryland Department of Health defines an outbreak as two linked positives, meaning that one person may have passed the virus to another at school.
Currently, one case is an employee and one is a student; both are part of the Learning for Independence Special Education (LFI) program.
Officials said the LIF program was closed on October 26 after an employee reported experiencing COVID-like symptoms over the weekend and many students and staff were identified as stakeholders. close contact.
The second individual tested positive on November 5 and school staff and the Department of Health worked together to determine the appropriate next steps.
All identified close relationships of the two cases are being quarantined and some have been examined. Since this boom is currently limited to the LFI program, the rest of the school may still be open.
“The school administration and staff at Robert Moton have been extremely collaborative throughout this process,” said Carroll County Health Officer Ed Singer. “We expect a number of cases in schools spread by COVID-19 in the community. With all mitigation measures in place, we hope to limit the number of people affected by contagion in schools. We will continue to monitor these and other cases in the system to identify any linked cases and areas of concern.
The Health Department has reviewed the procedures at Robert Moton and determined that they are following COVID-19 guidelines in the classroom as much as possible, officials said.
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