A person associated with Searsport District Middle and High School has recently tested positive for COVID-19.

In a Jan. 26 letter to staff, students and family, Regional School Unit 20 Superintendent Chris Downing said people who are considered close contacts will be notified by school staff or by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Close contacts will be asked to quarantine for 10 days from the last exposure to the infected person. The note goes on to say a negative test does not get a person out of quarantine early.

In a conversation with The Republican Journal, Downing said he found out about the positive case on Tuesday, and that it is the second positive case since school began.

Students at present are attending school four days in-person, with Wednesday being a remote day. Because the person had not been in school for a week, Downing said, no changes to the school schedule are anticipated.

Downing said the district is following Maine CDC guidelines and recommends people monitor themselves and their students for signs and symptoms. Call your health care provider if you have symptoms before arriving at a facility.

Questions can be directed to Monica Furrow, the school nurse, at 548-2313. For information about COVID-19 including symptoms and prevention methods, visit maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus.

filed under: