Public Health Issues Letter Regarding Positive COVID-19 Cases In The School District

Dear Parents,

There have been four positive cases of COVID-19 within the Salida School District. Public Health and the
School District are working together to determine close contacts. At the moment, the Salida High School
has moved to two weeks of remote learning, and some high school students are under quarantine. The
exposures at all other Salida School District schools are being investigated. The COVID-19 response
team has recommended that Salida School District move to remote learning for tomorrow 10/21 in
order for Public Health to have adequate time to do contact tracing and exposure notification. This
“pause” is something we will likely do each time there is a positive case in the school district.
Any student or staff that is determined to be a close contact will be contacted directly by the school, as
well as by public health. Anyone deemed a close contact will be asked to quarantine for 14 days. We
will be working tomorrow to figure out how to best handle students and staff who aren’t considered
close contacts. What that looks like will be different for each school. We ask for your patience as we
work through this very dynamic situation.
If you or your child is told they are a close contact and should quarantine, you or your child should stay
home and not go to other schools, childcare, jobs, after school activities, or other activities around other
people. Instructions about how to quarantine are available here: Parents and siblings of quarantined individuals do
not need to quarantine themselves, unless the close contact becomes symptomatic.
If you or your child develops symptoms consistent with COVID-19:
● Follow these isolation instructions.
● Have your child tested.
● Notify Public Health
● Seek medical care and testing for COVID-19, calling your doctor before you show up.
At this time, Public Health encourages testing for any symptomatic student, either through Public Health
or their primary care physician. Students who are asymptomatic and are considered close contacts may
choose to get tested. Students who are asymptomatic and not close contacts do not need to be tested.
The best way to test quarantined students to test is through Public Health’s free mouth swab testing
clinics Monday-Friday. To make an appointment for testing, call 719-530-2565. Test results typically take
less than 48 hours. The ideal time to get tested is around 7 days after the last exposure to the positive
case. Again, if your child is asymptomatic and was not a close contact, they do not need to be tested. At
this time, testing would not be recommended until late this week or early next week.

If you have further questions, please contact Chaffee County Public Health.

Andrea Carlstrom
Public Health Director
Chaffee County Public Health

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