WOODBINE — The Woodbine School District was notified after school on September 21 that an individual has tested positive for COVID-19.
The individual was not in school that day, the District posted in a statement on their website.
The District did their own contact tracing. And of course, the Harrison County Home and Public Health (HCH&PH) conducted an investigation.
"[The] HCH&PH worked with the Woodbine staff as well as the family of the positive case to determine any close contacts, and those contacts were all contacted and advised accordingly last night," said Brad Brake, administrator of the HCH&PH.
The process was very efficient, said District Superintendent Justin Wagner about the District's contract tracing efforts in a phone interview Tuesday morning, September 22. And he wants to thank the administration and staff for helping with it.
As a result of the contact tracing, 12 students will be in quarantine for 14 days, according to Wagner.
Brake said getting a case in a school or an outbreak in a care facility is absolutely a cause for concern. (There was an outbreak recently at the Rose Vista long-term care facility in Woodbine. Twelve individuals were affected, 10 residents and two staff members.)
However, Brake said the schools and the care facilities in the county have protocols and procedures in place to limit the spread of positive cases.
"The message to the wider community remains the same – we all need to take protective measures, together, to limit the positive cases in our schools, care facilities, and the community as a whole," he commented.
We are over six months into the COVID-19 pandemic in Harrison County, and I know people are exhausted and tired of everything COVID-19, Brake continued.
But he said ignoring the measures we need to take is only going to worsen the impact this disease has already had on Harrison County.
More and more data and research is coming out regarding the benefit of widespread use of face coverings, Brake said regarding what the public can do to help curb the virus.
Data has shown that not only do face coverings limit the number of people getting COVID-19, but they also increase the number of people who remain asymptomatic if they do get the illness, he added.
In other words, face coverings work, social distancing works and good hygiene works, Brake said.
"But it takes all of us, doing each of those things, to give our schools the best chance of having a full school year and our care facilities from being overrun," he added.
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