A first grader at East Primary School in Sutherlin has tested positive for COVID-19, according to an announcement from Superintendent Terry Prestianni.
Prestianni said the school district was made aware of the positive test by the Douglas Public Health Network.
“We are working very closely with local public health and The Oregon Health Authority to notify parents of the children in the cohort that the child that tested positive was in and are asking them to quarantine for 14 days and monitor for symptoms,” Prestianni’s statement read.
Parents of children in the same cohort as the person who tested positive were notified by school officials Sunday.
Sutherlin School District was open for on-site instruction for kindergarten through third grade on Monday, with fourth through 12th grade in comprehensive distance learning with afternoon labs and on-site special programs.
“This is a great example of a school doing everything right regarding student cohorts, reducing risk and mitigating transmission of COVID-19 in a school setting,” Douglas County Public Health Officer Bob Dannenhoffer said in the statement sent out be the school district. “School officials are working very closely with DPHN and myself to care for the one positive case and advise parents, families and staff that are close contacts. We believe the risk is low to the school community and DPHN remains available to support the families that are quarantining.”
While in self-quarantine, Douglas Public Health Network said people should stay home, check their temperature at least twice a day, watch for other symptoms, wear face coverings even around household members, wash their hands and stay in a designated room.
As of noon Monday, there were 237 COVID-19 cases in Douglas County, including 212 confirmed positive tests and 25 presumed positive. There are five Douglas County residents who are hospitalized due to the coronavirus, one fewer than the agency reported Saturday and Sunday.