Maple Corner Montessori reported two COVID-19 cases in late December, making it the first outbreak at a child care facility in Douglas County.

The state classifies an outbreak as two or more cases at a child care facility with the capacity for 16 or more students. 

The montessori school, which is located on the Umpqua Community College campus, reported a case on Dec. 19 and another on Dec. 20.

Sanne Godfrey can be reached at sgodfrey@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4203. Follow her on Twitter @sannegodfrey.

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Cree

Can you please cite your source for this information? Also, did you reach out to the school for comment on how they're dealing with it?

Mike

It's listed by the Oregon Health Authority on their weekly outbreak report per the below link.

https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/DISEASESCONDITIONS/DISEASESAZ/Emerging%20Respitory%20Infections/Weekly-Outbreak-COVID-19-Report.pdf

You won't find it mentioned on their Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/maplecornermontessori/

Cree

Thanks Mike, I was looking for the answer from the reporter because she doesn't cite a source or an attempt to contact the involved school in her story. Just trying to promote journalism in our town!

Mike

And you won't find it in our County Commissioner's Coronavirus Task Force daily press release which devotes most of its messages to helping businesses with coronavirus aid and NEVER warns residents of potential areas to avoid.

Mike

Sanne, why are you reporting Maple Corner Montessori is FIRST child care outbreak in Douglas County when you reported an Outbreak at Cobb Children's Childcare and Preschool on October 22 per the below link?

http://www.nrtoday.com/news/health/coronavirus/cobb-childcare-and-preschool-closed-until-nov-3-due-to-covid-19/article_aad65ceb-07cb-5643-b1c3-d6451303d2ae.html

Sanne Godfrey Staff
Sanne Godfrey

I did not report an outbreak at Cobb in October, but rather I reported that one person at Cobb tested positive for COVID-19. This article clearly states that an outbreak at a child care center is 2 or more cases in centers that have 16 or more children. Cobb had one person test positive, which did not meet the state guidelines of an outbreak. This is the first outbreak, as determined by state health officials, at a child care facility in Douglas County.

Mike

Sorry, didn't understand the distinction.

Mike

The definition appears to have changed. I remember when the NR reported an "outbreak" at a South Umpqua school that had only one case.

Sanne Godfrey Staff
Sanne Godfrey

A school is not a child care facility and thus the criteria for an outbreak are different. Oregon Health Authority releases outbreak information each Wednesday and clarifies what an outbreak is.

Per OHA, an outbreak at a senior living facility is 3 confirmed cases or 1 COVID-19 death, a workplace outbreak is 5 or more cases, a school (K-12) outbreak is 1 case, and a child care outbreak is 2 cases for centers with a capacity of 16 or more.

Mike

Thank you for educating me.

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