HAYS COUNTY, Texas - Hays County ISD has confirmed that an individual who had been at a Hays CISD school has since tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.
In a letter written to the parents and staff of Tobias Elementary School, Principal Alisa DiPalma confirmed that an adult who was on campus Wednesday, March 11, later tested positive for coronavirus. According to the letter, the person was asymptomatic at the time but later developed symptoms and a fever.
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The health department has stated that that the risk of transmission is low on the campus but recommends that all staff and students on campus monitor themselves for symptoms until March 25, 2020.
"At this time, there is no recommendation to quarantine or isolate. If symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath do develop, you should isolate from others and call your primary care provider or the health department if you do not have a primary care provider," the letter said in part.
As a precautionary measure, the school has been closed to any activity until further notice as the school wants to give a chance for any possible virus on surfaces in the school to die on its own. The school will also be disinfected with special equipment until anyone is allowed back inside.
Read the full letter below:
Important Coronavirus Information for Tobias Elementary
Dear Tobias Family,
This morning we were notified by the health department that a person, an adult, who was on campus last week on March 11, 2020 has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. This person was asymptomatic (not displaying symptoms) at the time, but later developed symptoms of fever and tested positive for COVID-19.
The health department has stated the risk of transmission is low for those on campus, but they recommend that all staff and students on campus monitor themselves for symptoms until March 25, 2020. The recommendation from the health department is monitoring only. At this time, there is no recommendation to quarantine or isolate. If symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath do develop, you should isolate from others and call your primary care provider or the health department if you do not have a primary care provider.
Because the person on campus could conceivably have had contact with anyone on campus, the guidance from the health department at this time remains the same for everyone on campus. To balance the need to protect medical privacy of individuals with the need to share information from a public health standpoint, the district is only identifying the person who was at Tobias Elementary as an adult. Should the need arise for additional guidance for any specific individuals, students or adults, we will work with the health department to contact those individuals individually.
The CDC provides guidance regarding symptoms to look for and what do to if you do have symptoms. The CDC and health department stress that most people who develop symptoms do not need to seek medical attention and can be cared for at home.
As a precautionary measure, we have closed Tobias Elementary to any activity until further notice. We want to give any possible virus on surfaces in the building a chance to die on its own. And, we will disinfect the building using special cleaning equipment before we allow anyone back inside.
While this news may be concerning to learn, I want you to know that we are committed to providing you important information as we learn it, and we will take all necessary action to keep you, our staff, and community safe. Again, we would like to remind you, that the health department believes the risk transmission to students and staff is low.