7 COVID cases ID’d among Davie students

Published 9:39 am Friday, August 28, 2020

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Davie County Schools has had its first confirmed positive COVID-19 cases among students since the start of the school year.

“While the number is minimal and there are no clusters that would cause widespread concern, we are being proactive with a message out to students, parents and staff to ensure open lines of communication and transparency,” said Lori Dingler, Lead Nurse for Davie County Schools.  “A message with this information was sent directly to families and staff today (Aug. 27).

“It is important to note that Davie County Health and Human Services (DCDHHS) has determined that these students did not get the COVID-19 virus in the school setting,” she said.

Since the start of the school year, there have been seven students with confirmed COVID -19 among four schools.

“We made sure families were aware that if there was suspicion that their student was exposed or in close contact with these students, they would have already been contacted by DCDHHS and provided with additional guidance and direction,” Wallace said. “DCDHHS conducts thorough contact tracing and communicates with individuals who may have been exposed.

“We continue to work closely with Davie County Health and Human Services and are taking steps in response to these current reports. Davie County Schools will always strictly follow DCDHHS protocol moving forward for positive cases.

“At this time, the local health officials have advised us that there is no need to close a classroom or school.  Our strict adherence to safety procedures protects everyone – the social distancing, wearing masks, and diligent handwashing. We are engaging in appropriate cleaning and disinfection measures in the schools daily. This is why we have these protocols in place, to protect students from exposure while in school.

“Davie County Schools takes the safety and privacy of its students and employees very seriously.  We appreciate the support and are asking for respect of the privacy of the members of our community,” Dingler said.