Superintendent: member of Branford High School community tests positive for coronavirus

BRANFORD — A member of the Branford High School community tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday morning, Superintendent of Schools Hamlet Hernandez told parents and community members in a letter sent Thursday afternoon.

“The affected person was last in school on Tuesday, September 22nd, and has been instructed to remain on home isolation for 10 days,” Hernandez wrote. “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.

“In collaboration with the East Shore (District) Health Department, the district has 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,” the letter says.

“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,” Hernandez wrote.

Symptoms to watch for include a fever of 100.4 Fahrenheit or higher, chills or shaking chills, an uncontrolled new cough not due to any other known cause, such as chronic cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath or new loss of taste or smell, he said.

“For additional information on COVID-19 symptoms, please see the CDC website at the address below:,” Hernandez wrote. “The district is closely monitoring this situation and will provide additional information should it be required.”

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