Kalamazoo health chief: COVID in schools inevitable
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.
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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