Staff at Battle Mountain High School test positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 19; school listed as active outbreak area
With two staff members testing positive, Battle Mountain High School was listed as an active COVID-19 outbreak area in the state of Colorado’s weekly data update, issued Wednesday.
The update says the illnesses were determined to be an outbreak on August 19.
Colorado defines a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak as two or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a facility or (non-household) group with onset in a 14 day period, and a suspected COVID-19 Outbreak as two or more probable COVID-19 cases (or one Confirmed COVID-19 case and one or more probable COVID-19 cases) in a facility or (non-household) group with onset in a 14 day period.
The state health department recommends workplace/facilities with two or more cases confirmed within 14 days among employees close temporarily, and report the suspected outbreak to public health.
The state recommends workplaces work with local public health agencies to determine if longer-term closing is necessary.
“Workplaces/facilities may not need to close for an extended period if there is an outbreak,” according to state guidance. “When a workplace/facility is working closely with public health, it may be possible to conduct a rapid risk assessment and implement immediate control measures instead of longer-term closing.”
A charter school in Jefferson County also reported two cases among staff members earlier this week.
Parents not notified
In an email to the Vail Daily on Wednesday, Eagle County Schools spokesperson Dan Dougherty said the school district did not notify parents because school was not yet in session.
“The incident happened before the start of the school year. No students were at risk. Public Health immediately cleared the facility as safe.
“The cases involve two support (non-teaching) staff members who contracted the virus before the school year started. Our system worked as planned. One staff member developed symptoms over a weekend, called in sick to work on Monday (stay home if sick). They sought medical care with their primary care physician, who tested them for COVID (get tested). They remained in isolation until the results came back (same day). They cooperated with Public Health for contact tracing and identified two co-workers they had lunch with. Both coworkers (total of 3) were directed to self-quarantine and remain at home. One of them developed symptoms, was tested, and confirmed positive. The other did not develop symptoms.
“All three employees remain on leave until they complete the quarantine and recovery period. Substitute staff members are filling in.”