Vermont school gets deep cleaning after staff COVID case

Vermont school gets deep cleaning after staff COVID case

2020-10-19 00:00:00
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BRADFORD, Vt. (AP) — Officials in Vermont say the Oxbow High School in Bradford was closed for the weekend for deep cleaning after a staff member tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.

“In working with the Vermont Department of Health, we have determined that no students at Oxbow are considered to be close contacts who require testing or quarantine to limit spread,” Superintendent Emilie Knisley said in a social media post. “This is excellent news for our students.”

The Valley News reports contact tracing is underway and the case is believed to be isolated to the 8th grade.

There was no impact on River Bend Career and Technical Center or shared bus routes, Knisley said.

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OUTDOOR RESCUES

Vermont outdoor search and rescue teams are seeing more calls for services, and experts are attributing the increase to more people getting outdoors during pandemic, officials said.

“The numbers for missions are up this year,” said Vermont Search and Rescue Coordinator Neil Van Dyke, who is with the Vermont Department of Public Safety.

And the increase in calls means the rescue personnel are having to do more to protect themselves from becoming infected with the coronavirus. In addition to using personal protective equipment, search and rescue teams have had to do additional sanitizing, cleaning, and, when possible, maintain social distance.

“Yes, there is extra time involved, but our mission is still to help someone in need,” Van Dyke told WCAX-TV. “All of the search and rescue teams in Vermont have had to adopt some policies and procedures for dealing with emergencies and then undergo some training to make sure they are following those policies.”

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NUMBERS

On Monday, the Vermont Health Department reported nine new cases of the virus, bringing the statewide total to just under 1,950.

Of the new cases, three were in Chittenden County, two in Orange and Washington counties, and one each in Orleans and Windsor counties.

There are currently no patients hospitalized in Vermont who have COVID-19 or are suspected of having it.

The number of deaths in the state remains at 58, where it has been for more than two months.

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