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New COVID-19 case at Mount View adds to outbreak

Ninth case since start of school
By Fran Gonzalez | Jan 13, 2021
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Thorndike —

Another person associated with Mount View High School has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Regional School Unit 3 Superintendent Charles Brown.

In a Jan. 13 letter to staff, students and families, Brown said there is a possibility other staff or students may have come in contact with the individual, and been exposed to the virus. People who may be affected by this close contact have been notified, he said.

“We are in consultation with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and at this time they are not recommending we change our learning model,” he said. “The positive cases of COVID have been contracted outside of the schools.”

On Monday, Jan. 11, Maine CDC notified Brown to say it was opening an investigation into the string of COVID-19 cases at  the Mount View Complex and deeming the facility an outbreak.

This new notification marks the ninth reported case in the district since the school year began. Brown said there were six cases since the middle of December.

“Fortunately, the majority of the cases that led to that (outbreak) designation occurred over the school break,” he said. “But because they were students/staff of RSU 3, we had to report their connection to the schools.

At present, he said, 33 students and staff in the district are experiencing symptoms. Of those, six are isolated because of direct contact with someone who tested positive. The most recent case prior to today’s notification was identified Thursday, Jan. 7.

Brown encouraged people to monitor themselves and their students for signs and symptoms and to call a health care provider if symptoms start. It is also important that people call a health care facility before showing up in person and stay home if they are sick.

Questions for the school can be directed to the RSU 3 health office by calling 568-4606.

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