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First students test positive for COVID-19 in Kenosha Unified School District

Posted at 3:51 PM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 18:47:45-04

KENOSHA — Two students at Indian Trail High School and Academy in Kenosha have tested positive for COVID-19, the school district announced Wednesday.

The Kenosha Unified School District and the Kenosha County Division of Health say the two freshman who contracted the virus are the first confirmed cases within KUSD, as classes resumed on Sept. 14.

This comes on the same day that Bristol School in Kenosha County closedafter two employees and one student tested positive for COVID-19.

Classes are currently following a hybrid model, allowing both in-person and virtual learning.

School and health officials explain that one of the students went to school Monday with symptoms of the virus, before staying home Tuesday and Wednesday. The other was at school both Monday and Tuesday and stayed at home on Wednesday.

The two students will now be in isolation for 10 days.

As the Kenosha County Division of Health conducts contact tracing, anyone who had physical contact with the two students will have to quarantine for 14 days from the late date of exposure.

The department defines contact as:

  • Had direct physical contact with the infected individuals (e.g. a hug or handshake).
  • Were within six feet of the COVID-19-positive individuals for more than 15 minutes.
  • Had contact with respiratory secretions from the infected individuals (e.g. were coughed/sneezed on, had contact with dirty tissue, or shared a drinking glass, food or towels or other personal items).

“We are working closely with our local health department to ensure affected staff and students quarantine as needed for the safety and well-being of all, Superintendent Dr. Sue Savaglio-Jarvis said.

"This important safety measure is in place to prevent further spread of infection by those who were in close contact with the COVID-19-positive individuals. In addition, enhanced cleaning of affected areas has occurred... The district is prepared for those impacted to flip to virtual learning for the duration of the required quarantine period," according to Savaglio-Jarvis.

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