Eagle Valley Elementary reports positive COVID case | VailDaily.com

Eagle Valley Elementary reports positive COVID case

There’s been a positive case of COVID-19 at Eagle Valley Elementary School. In all, 13 students and one staff member have gone into quarantine.

The Eagle County School District announced Friday that Eagle Valley Elementary School sent COVID-19 notifications to their community on Thursday evening after Eagle County Public Health informed school officials of a student presumed to be positive for COVID-19.

The student was last in school Tuesday, Dec. 15. Contact tracing determined that those in close contact with the student​ ​should quarantine. Those needing to quarantine were contacted directly and provided with quarantine orders from Public Health. In all, 13 students and one staff member will quarantine.

Eagle County Schools has adopted the new quarantine protocols from the US Center for Disease Control and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The new guidance shortens the duration for general quarantine orders from 14 days to 10 days, and allows staff members or students to return to school after seven days with a negative test result. Students or staff members must wait to be tested between the fifth and seventh day of their quarantine period, and ​if negative and symptom-free​ can return to normal activities on the eighth day.

In a release, the district thanked the families of students and staff members for following guidelines and staying home when sick, when someone in their household is being tested for COVID-19, or when someone in their household is positive for the virus. Limiting the presence of the virus in schools by staying home is the first layer of protection.

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