UPDATED at 12:50 p.m. Monday
SHELBY -- The Shelby City School District reported Saturday that it has learned that a Shelby High School student has tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first reported case involving a Shelby student since the pandemic began this past March.
In addition, nine people at the high school are in quarantine, according to data posted on the school district’s website.
“We are working closely with the Shelby City Health Department to ensure all appropriate measures are being taken to identify anyone at risk due to close contact with the infected person,” said the Oct. 17 statement, posted on the school district website, from Superintendent Tim Tarvin and high school Principal John Gies.
“Should your child be identified as a close contact, you will be notified by the Shelby City Health Department that your child will need to quarantine,” the statement read. “Being identified as a close contact means that your child was within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual for 15 minutes or more, or had direct physical contact, such as a hug or team huddle.”
“If you are not notified by the Shelby City Health Department, your child was not identified as a close contact and therefore does not need to quarantine,” the statement reported.
During this time of increased community spread, “we recommend that all families monitor their children for symptoms daily,” Tarvin and Gies wrote in the online letter to “Shelby parents, staff and community members.”
Details on the student’s condition and other circumstances were not specified.
On Saturday evening in a separate statement that did not specify the school district, the Shelby City Health Department updated total cases in the community.
“The Shelby City Health Department is reporting six new cases of Covid-19,” the Facebook statement said. “The department has documented a total of 75 individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the outbreak began in March. Of that cumulative number, 66 have attained recovered/resolved status.”
“The department is currently monitoring eight active cases, all of which are self-isolating in-home quarantine,” the statement continued. “There are no hospitalizations.”
Since the pandemic began in March, one COVID-19 death has been documented within the city of Shelby, the health department reported.
“Citizens are strongly urged to observe all COVID-19 protocols and Health Department guidelines including: hand washing, sanitization, social distancing, and the wearing of face coverings,” the statement detailed.
See the full statement from the Shelby schools on the web at https://bit.ly/3lXEEBE
View the school district’s coronavirus reporting chart on the web at https://bit.ly/3kbcume
For weeks, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has implored Ohioans to wear masks and avoid gatherings as a way to battle coronavirus and as well as to keep the state’s schools open.
In a recent televised briefing on coronavirus, DeWine discussed Ohio schools.
“Health department officials have said that school districts are doing an excellent job as they have, I think, pretty much throughout this thing of keeping the spread minimal,” DeWine said.
“However, as we have said many times, schools are a reflection of our communities. And if there is widespread spread in the community, schools simply have no way of keeping it out,” he said.