LPS announces first COVID-19 case since school started

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — LPS has announced their first positive coronavirus case since school started. According to officials, the individual is person at Southwest High School.

LPS says due to privacy rules and regulations they cannot identify whether the person is a student or a staff member.

Here’s the full letter:

Southwest school families,

Following our protocols, we are writing to inform you there is a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 at Southwest. Since we have been notified of the positive result, we continue to follow our protocols and work with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department on the contact tracing process. Through that process, anyone identified as a close, high-risk contact with the positive case will be called directly and given instructions on next steps.

Please note: If you are not directly called, then you are not considered a high-risk close contact. If you have any questions, please contact the LLCHD at (402) 441-8006 or your healthcare provider.

Due to privacy rules and regulations, the name of the person affected will not be released. We will continue to collaborate with LLCHD and follow their guidelines regarding the safety of students and staff.

COVID-19 is a contagious virus and spreads through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. As a reminder, the health department recommends everyone should be wearing face coverings, self-screening and monitoring for symptoms while in the community or at school. Should you develop or currently have any COVID-19 symptoms or answer yes to any of the questions below, please stay home and contact your healthcare provider.

Do you have any of the following?

  • Fever of over 100.4
  • Onset of shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New onset of dry cough
  • New onset of loss of taste or smell
  • Chills longer than two hours
  • Congestion and/or runny nose
  • Nausea, Vomiting or Diarrhea
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle Pain

Should your child develop or currently have any of the noted symptoms, keep your child at home and contact your healthcare provider, letting your provider know of a possible exposure to COVID-19. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, they should not return to school for 10 days from the onset of symptoms and be symptom-free for 72 hours without the use of medication.

In addition, if your child has had close contact with someone positive for COVID-19, or has been directed to self-isolate due to a positive COVID-19 result or for having contact with someone with COVID-19, please keep your child home.

If you have any questions, please contact the school.

Mike Gillotti
Principal
Lincoln Southwest High School

Across town, Channel 8 News talked with several football players at Northeast High school who said the first case in the football family is a huge wake up call.

“It’s a reality that anything can happen so we just gotta make sure we take all the precautions. we’re wearing our masks as much as we can while we are out there and just sanitize things and just stay safe” Quarterback Jeremiah Collier said.

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