COVID-19

Kalamazoo health chief: COVID in schools inevitable

Kalamazoo County's health officer briefed county commissioners on strategies for handling when school staff or students contract coronavirus.

It’s just a matter of time before COVID-19 makes an appearance at one of Kalamazoo County’s schools. That was one of the messages from county Health Officer Jim Rutherford Tuesday night during a presentation to county commissioners.

“We don’t want to pretend like this is just going to be without incident, because we’re going to have positive cases,” said Rutherford.

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Rutherford explained how the health department is helping schools to plan for the inevitable.

When a student shows symptoms of the virus, schools are instructed to keep them in isolation until they can be picked up. Staff should then inform the health department.

Once a positive case is confirmed, the health department will conduct contact tracing, requesting those who have been exposed also be tested.

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