Public Health and School District Two Partner to Address COVID-19 Impacts

Sheridan County Public Health is collaborating with local schools to respond to the effects of COVID-19. Public Health Nurse Manager Debra Haar, in a news release from the Sheridan County Commission, said they are continually communicating with local principals and school nurses to identify individuals who may have been in contact with positive cases.

There have been positive cases of COVID-19 among Sheridan County School District Two students and staff since this summer, as well as close contacts with positive cases who have been ordered to quarantine. The agencies have collaborated to address the impact of each case, strictly adhering to protocols established by the Wyoming Department of Health. Haar said the process of identifying and isolating those who may have been in contact with a positive case is important for reducing potential spread of the virus.

The news release states that in the event that a student or staff member tests positive, or is in close contact with a positive case, Public Health contact tracers reach out to all parents/students or staff that were in close contact with that individual. They determine whether those people need to be tested or even quarantined. This determination is made by the type and duration of contact following state protocols. District Two determined to be in close contact with a COVID-19 case and subsequently quarantined will be able to continue their education remotely until they are able to return to the classroom. Additionally, Public Health staff will continue to be in contact with them to monitor their health.

Public Health encourages citizens to be vigilant and practice all appropriate hygiene and distancing recommendations. Your hard work protects you, your family, and your community.

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