Hundreds of Bayside High grads asked to quarantine after COVID-19 case linked to graduation – Florida Today

Nearly 300 recent Bayside High School graduates and their guests have actually been asked to quarantine after health authorities said an attendee at Saturdays beginning event had COVID-19.
Households were alerted about the case Monday in a letter from the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County.
The individual tested favorable for the virus “quickly after attending,” stated Anita Stremmel, the departments assistant county health director, in an email to FLORIDA TODAY.
” The Florida Department of Health was notified about the positive case by Brevard Public Schools and we validated the favorable lead to our lab reporting system,” Stremmel said.
The letter initially stated households need to separate any students who took part in the event, but Stremmel said the advisory used to anyone who existed at the event, which took place outdoors on Bayside Highs football field.
” We are advising anybody who went to the graduation ceremony to self-quarantine and monitor their symptoms for 14 days,” she stated.
The school district had formerly announced security steps for all high school graduations to lower the threat of spreading out the virus, consisting of compulsory masks and spaced seating to promote social distancing. Physical contact in between students and staff and all indoor activities were forbidden.
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Brevard Public Schools spokesperson Nicki Hensley stated an exact count of the number of individuals have actually been impacted was not instantly available. Almost 300 students and a minimum of 30 staff members were at the ceremony, and each trainee was permitted to raise to two visitors, Hensley stated.
She decreased to provide information about the person referenced in the Health Department letter, pointing out medical personal privacy laws.
” As with all school occasions, it is very important our participants follow the established health and wellness procedures. Upon learning of this situation, BPS worked quickly with our local Department of Health partners to figure out the very best course of action and continue with our notice process,” Hensley stated in a texted statement.
School district custodial staff “followed protocols for post-event clean-up,” Hensley said, adding details about the process would be upcoming.
While all guests at Saturdays ceremony are being asked to quarantine, favorable cases are followed by “an extensive epidemiological examination to identify individuals who may have had close contact with the virus,” Stremmel stated.
” Those people are then alerted by their county health department and instructed to self-isolate for 14 days after their direct exposure to the virus, and to call their county health department and healthcare company right away if they establish signs.”
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