Second positive COVID case at high school
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A second positive case of COVID-19 has been reported at Mount Ayr Community High School.
In a letter to students, parents, and the community dated Saturday, September 5, MAC superintendent announced the second case.
“We have learned that another student of our Mount Ayr Community School has tested positive for COVID-19,” the letter stated. “This is our second Public Health confirmed case in as many days.
“The individual who has tested positive was last on the Mount Ayr High School campus on Monday August 31. The student has been home waiting for test results, which were positive for COVID-19. The district is working with the Iowa Department of Public Health and Ringgold County Health. Contact tracing is underway and anyone who was in contact with this person will be contacted. I want to remind our staff and students: if you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should contact your physician immediately.”
Contact tracing has affected MAC sports teams as a number of athletes are currently under quarantine.Shaffer further explained the procedures pertaining to mandated quarantines.
“If you have been notified that your child is a contact of a COVID-19 positive case, testing negative DOES NOT change the 14-day quarantine,” he wrote. “If the contact of a case of COVID-19 becomes symptomatic, we would recommend testing. A positive case needs to isolate at home for 10 days from symptom onset. If a positive case is found through routine COVID-19 testing and has no symptoms, the case needs to be isolated at home for 10-days from the date of the test.”