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BRANFORD — A member of the John B. Sliney Elementary School community has tested positive for coronavirus, Superintendent of School Hamlet Hernandez said.
Hernandez, who notified members of the school community in an email and a statement posted on the school system website, did not specify whether it was a teacher, student or staff member, but said the affected person was last in school on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
It was the second confirmed COVID-19 case in a Branford public school. A case was reported in late September at Branford High School, later identified as a student member of the soccer team. That resulted in the soccer team being placed in protective quarantine and the cancellation of at least two soccer games.
The person “has been instructed to remain on home isolation for 10 days,” Hernandez said in a statement dated Friday. “Anyone who is considered a ‘close contact’ with this person will or may already have been contacted by school officials and/or public health officials and provided with instructions on the appropriate steps to take.”
School officials, “in collaboration with the East Shore (District) Health Department, have determined “that there is no reason to close school or cancel in-person classes due to the sufficiency of the district’s current cleaning protocols and mitigation measures,” Hernandez said.
“We ask that parents/guardians, students, and staff continue to monitor their health and to stay home and contact their medical provider should they experience any of the symptoms below,” he wrote.
Those symptoms include a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, chills or shaking chills, an uncontrolled new cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough,) difficulty breathing or shortness of breath or a new loss of taste or smell.
The Branford Public Schools are closely monitoring this situation and will provide additional information should it be required, Hernandez said.
For additional information on COVID-19 symptoms, he advised people to consult the Centers for Disease Control website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html