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Ohio – Madeira Elementary student tests positive for COVID-19

MADEIRA, Ohio — Ten Madeira Elementary students and a staff member must quarantine after another student tested positive for COVID-19, the district’s superintendent announced to families Monday night.

The student’s family learned of the positive test on Monday and informed school officials around 7 p.m., according to an email from Madeira City Schools Superintendent Kenji Matsudo. The student is currently isolating, and the district has notified Hamilton County Public Health.

The positive case and close contacts have been limited to one first grade classroom, and the school is following all safety and sanitization recommendations.

The other students and staff member were identified as “close contacts,” or people who were within six feet of the child for more than 15 minutes, and must quarantine for 14 days.

Matsudo also reminded parents and guardians to monitor themselves and their children for coronavirus symptoms before leaving for school. Those symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, aches, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

“If your student is exhibiting any of these symptoms, the student should stay home and your healthcare provider should be contacted,” Matsudo wrote. “At this time, families need to be even more vigilant in monitoring for symptoms and continuing to wash their hands.”

Earlier this month, all eighth graders at Madeira Middle School moved to remote learning plans from Sept. 4-18. Those students were allowed to return to classrooms Monday.

Eight students and a staff member at Maderia High School had to quarantine earlier this month after contact tracing showed that they had been in close contact with a student who tested positive for COVID-19.

For more information on Madeira’s back to school plans and efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in schools through the Madeira HealthWatch Assessment Team, click here.

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