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COVID-19 Update
COVID-19 Update
Jamie Isom
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Date:             March 11, 2020 4:25 PM

To:                 NCDHD District Schools

RE:                COVID-19

On the evening of March 10th, North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) was made aware of the first presumptive positive coronavirus case in our district. The person is a high school student who attends school at Crofton High School in Knox County.

NCDHD has identified the people that are at highest risk associated with the confirmed COVID-19 case. These individuals are in self-quarantine and are not a risk to the public.

At this time, Valentine Community Schools remains at low risk. Potential exposure events that may affect members of your student body include:

  • Girls State Basketball Hartington Cedar Catholic vs. Weeping Water Game held in Lincoln, NE on March 5th at 9:00 AM. This game was held at Lincoln Southwest High School.  Exposures may have occurred in the Hartington Cedar Catholic general fan section. The individual sat in the middle of the bleachers, about halfway up, and in the general fan section on the Hartington CC side during the game.
  • Girls State Basketball Crofton vs. Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur held in Lincoln, NE on March 5th at 7:00 PM.  This game was held at Lincoln North Star High School.  Exposures may have occurred in the Crofton general fan section. They sat in the middle of the gym, slightly higher than half up on the, and in the general fan section on the Crofton side during the game.

If additional risks are identified, NCDHD will release this information publicly and work with those effected.

If you believe you were exposed, contact the NCDHD office at 402-336-2406 and please self-quarantine (stay home and away from others) and follow instructions from public health. We ask that you cooperate with public health in order to limit spread of any further disease.

Steps to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus:

  1. Stay home when sick.
  2. Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  3. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough, or sneeze then throw the tissue in the trash.
  4. Ensure frequent cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched objects and surfaces.