THORNDIKE — A student who attended a Mount View High School dance Friday, Nov. 19, has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a Nov. 23 letter to parents, MVHS Principal Zackary Freeman said those who were close contacts have been notified.

He went on, “…due to the nature of the case, it is important that all families know about this. We ask that all students that attended the school dance monitor their symptoms.”

In a conversation with The Republican Journal, Freeman said approximately 150 people attended the dance, but because most stayed within friend groups of six or seven, he did not expect widespread transmission.

“It’s not a big impact,” he said, and added that the reality is, COVID-19 is everywhere and people should monitor themselves for symptoms.

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for a least 10 days from the onset of symptoms. If no symptoms appear, people should isolate for 10 days from a positive diagnostic test.

While isolating, they should stay away from other people in their home. Further, as much as possible, they should stay and sleep in a separate room and use a separate bathroom, if available. Those who are isolating should avoid eating with others and should not share food, even with a family member.

People can leave isolation once symptoms subside after the 10-day period has passed and they have had no fever for at least a day without the use of medicine that reduces fever.

If you are deemed a close contact with COVID-19, Maine CDC recommends separating yourself from others, especially people who may be at high risk for getting sick, and get tested.

Monitor yourself for symptoms, which can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, nasal congestion, runny nose or a loss of taste or smell.

The Maine CDC website points out it is possible to get COVID-19 up to 14 days after having contact with an infected person. It is also possible to transmit the disease to others even if you do not feel sick, though the chances of getting and spreading the disease decrease significantly after 10 days.

Freeman said in his letter many things can cause respiratory illness, so students and staff should be up-to-date on influenza and routine vaccinations. Wear a cloth face covering in public indoor spaces, especially if not vaccinated.

For more information or questions, contact Freeman at 568-4613 or email zfreeman@rsu3.org.