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SPPHD and Seminole ISD continue to track COVID-19 cases

Sunday, October 18, 2020
SPPHD and Seminole ISD continue to track COVID-19 cases

During the week of Oct. 12-Oct. 16, the South Plains Public Health District (SPPHD) confirmed 41 new cases of COVID-19 in Gaines County. Positive cases since the beginning of the pandemic locally are at 454, with 354 of those marked as recovered. Ninety-three remain active, and Gaines County has had seven deaths.

The Seminole ISD COVID-19 Dashboard provided the following updates regarding both faculty and students:

-On Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, Seminole Boys Athletics was notified that a varsity football coach tested positive for COVID-19. The individual experienced the onset of symptoms on Friday, Oct. 9. He was sent home at halftime of the varsity football game to quarantine and performed a rapid test Saturday morning. The coach promptly notified the Athletic Department Saturday morning upon learning of COVID-positive test results. The coach has remained in self-quarantine since Friday evening. The coach had his face covering on at all times while working with players and coaches for the duration of time he was around the team. Players who could have been exposed have also had splatter shields and masks installed on their helmets since Thursday, Oct. 8.

-On Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, nole High A d - ministration w a s notified that a ninth-grade student tested positive for COVID-19. The individual experienced the onset of symptoms on Thursday, Oct. 8, did not report to school Thursday or Friday, and performed a lab test. The parent promptly notified the school first thing Tuesday morning upon learning a COVID-positive test result Saturday morning. The student has remained in selfquarantine since Thursday.

-On Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, F.J. Young Elementary Administration was notified that a teacher, who works with the first-grade students, tested positive for COVID-19. The individual experienced the onset of symptoms the evening of Monday, Oct. 12, and has since quarantined. Per CDC guidance, contact tracing will not be required because the employee’s last day to be present was Thursday, Oct. 8. The Centers for Disease Control would define close contact if it occurred during the case’s infectious period, defined as two days before symptom onset.

-On Wednesday, Oct. 14, Seminole Junior High Administration was notified that an eighth-grade teacher/ boys coach tested positive for COVID-19. The individual experienced the onset of symptoms Wednesday afternoon, contacted his/her direct supervisor, and performed a rapid test. It was determined through contact-tracing that this employee had no close contact with anyone at Seminole Junior High School. The employee did not report to work Thursday and has since quarantined.

-On Thursday, Oct. 15, Seminole Elementary Administration was notified that an elective teacher tested positive for COVID-19. The individual experienced the onset of symptoms the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 14, contacted his/her direct supervisor, and performed a rapid test Thursday morning. It was determined through contacttracing that the employee did not work directly with anyone this past week; he/she wore a face covering on at all times. The employee did not report to work Thursday and has since quarantined.

Throughout the South Plains Public Health District, the following information has been confirmed at press time on Friday, Oct. 16: Dawson has had 697 cases, 175 remain active, 514 have recovered, and there have been eight deaths. Terry County reports 430 total cases, 154 are still active, 273 have recovered, and there have been three fatalities. In Yoakum County, cases total 283 with 241 recovered, 38 active, and four deaths. Lynn County’s total of COVID-19 cases stands at 144. Thirtythree cases are active, 107 individuals have recovered, and the death total in Lynn County remains at four.