Health First daycare center reopened after temporary COVID-19 closure

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Health First’s Center for Child Development, which provides free childcare and education programs to Health First employees, reopened Thursday after closing temporarily when children and other people connected to the center tested positive for COVID-19.

Health First said four children tested positive for the virus since the facility closed Sept. 17. Programs at the center serve a total of 250 children ranging in age from infants to 12 years old.

An initial Sept. 16 letter to parents stated that at the time of the facilities’ closure, no children were known to have tested positive but it encouraged parents to self-monitor themselves and children and contact a doctor if any symptoms appeared. Health First initially hoped to reopen the center on Sept. 22, according to the letter.

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During the closure, Health First associates who needed to remain home to care for children were told they could use paid time off to cover assigned shifts, according to the letter.

Bailey Gallion is the business and development reporter with FLORIDA TODAY. Contact Gallion at bgallion@floridatoday.com or 321-242-3786.

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