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Lisbon elementary student tests positive

LISBON — After a McKinley Elementary School student tested positive for the coronavirus, the first known student case in the school district, Superintendent Joseph Siefke issued a statement to the public late Sunday.

Siefke said the boy was showing some symptoms of COVID-19 on Thursday and his mother had him tested on Friday. Siefke said he was notified on Sunday of the positive test result. He also was told that the boy is not hospitalized and was doing well at that point.

The school district staff is working with the county health department to identify anyone who would be considered a close contact to the boy. Close contacts are those who have been within six feet of the boy for 15 cumulative minutes. The parents of the children fitting that exposure level have been alerted.

Siefke said the parents of a “handful” or fewer than 10 students were notified that their student needs to quarantine at home for 14 days. Those students will learn remotely through the online curriculum until they are able to return and as of Sunday night, none of the students had showed any symptoms of COVID-19.

The school district, which completed eight weeks of the school year before there were any known coronavirus cases, remains open at this time. They continue to regularly clean and disinfect the school each day to mitigate health risks.

Students and staff are asked to be proactive, reduce their close interactions with others, practice social distancing, wear masks, avoid unnecessary gatherings with people who don’t live at home, wash hands, cover coughs and sneezes and stay home if you are sick.

Lisbon is not the only school district in the county to have had a case. Schools are notifying parents, including posting an alert to the school’s website when concerns arise.

If anyone has questions they are encouraged to call their school district or the county health department.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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