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COVID-19 Cases Update

Sunday, October 4, 2020
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As of press time on October 2, Gaines County has had a total of 3 71 positive COVID-19 cases. Three hundred individuals have recovered and 64 remain active. The South Plains Public Health Department continues to keep local residents abreast of the number of individuals contracting (and recovering from) the virus. Also offering full disclosure is the Seminole ISD. COVID-19 updates on school campuses are available on the SISD website.

Confirmed cases on Seminole ISD campus and action taken since the Sentinel’s last report on Sept. 27 are as follows:

On Monday, September 28, the Seminole Technology Center was notified that a department employee tested positive for COVID-19. The individual experienced the onset of symptoms on the morning of Friday, September 25. The employee promptly self-isolated, communicated to his/her supervisor, and left the district premises. It was determined through contacttracing that the employee did not work within 6 feet and/or without wearing a mask of other employees or students. The employee performed a lab test on Saturday and promptly notified his/her supervisor first thing Monday morning upon learning of a COVID-positive test result. The employee has remained in self-quarantine.

On Monday, September 28, the Seminole Success Center was notified that a staff employee tested positive for COVID-19. The individual experienced the onset of symptoms on the morning of Saturday, September 26. The employee promptly self-isolated, communicated to his/her supervisor and has not been on campus premises. It was determined through contact-tracing that the employee did not work within 6 feet and/or without wearing a mask of other employees or students. The employee performed a lab test on Monday, September 28, and promptly notified his/her supervisor first thing upon learning of a COVID-positive test result. The employee has remained in self-quarantine since Saturday, September 26.

On Monday, September 28, Primary administration was notified that a third-grade student tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, September 26. That individual did not experience symptoms but tested due to close contact. The student has been quarantined since September 23, at 2:19 PM.

On Monday, September 28, Seminole Primary Administration was notified that an elective teacher performed a rapid test at a doctor’s office that morning. COVID testing indicated a positive result. The employee was last on campus Friday, September 25th.

Seminole ISD Administration is working in conjunction with local health officials to conduct contact tracing and have reached out privately to any impacted families and staff.

On Monday, September 28, 2020, Primary administration was notified that a third-grade student tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, September 26. That individual did not experience symptoms but tested due to close contact. The student has been quarantined since September 23 at 2:19 p.m..

On Wednesday, September 30, Seminole Junior High Administration was notified that a seventh-grade student tested positive for COVID-19. The individual experienced the onset of symptoms on the evening of Monday, September 28. The student did not report to school on Tuesday or Wednesday and promptly notified the school first thing Wednesday morning upon learning of a COVID-positive test result. The student has remained in self-quarantine since Monday.

On Wednesday, September 30, Seminole High School Administration was notified that a tenth-grade student tested positive for COVID-19. The individual has been under physician care since Thursday, September 24. The family provided documentation that he/she was permitted to attend classes; medical diagnosis unrelated to COVID-19. As a precautionary measure, the student was tested for COVID. On Wednesday morning, the parents promptly notified the school upon learning of a COVID-positive test result. The student did not report to school and has since quarantined.

The Seminole ISD website also states the following: “ As an additional precaution, Seminole ISD is in the process of thoroughly disinfecting all areas of Seminole High School. Due to FERPA laws, Seminole ISD is not permitted to release individual names. Seminole ISD has referred the case to our partners at South Plains Public Health District. Those health officials will conduct the investigation, contact families, and perform any necessary contact tracing they deem appropriate.”