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Daily Covid-19 Update

Updated, September 18, 2020

  Active Closed
Positive Students 3 10**
Positive Staff 0 10***
Total 3 20

**Includes 1 student/athlete who tested positive before classes began

***Includes 4 staff members who tested positive before school began

Daily Updates

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In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District did not receive any positive COVID-19 test results of any student or staff member.
 

Daily Prevention Tip

When taking your temperature to check for a fever, don’t do it within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications, like acetaminophen, that could lower your temperature.
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District did not receive any positive COVID-19 test results of any student or staff member. In addition, the three positive staff members were released from isolation, resulting in the closure of their cases. The district has three student cases open at this time.
 

Daily Prevention Tip

Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body ache, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. If you experience any of these symptoms, stay home and call your doctor.
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District received word of positive COVID-19 test results on three students. Two students attend the high school, the third attends the Middle School. One high school student was already on quarantine because of a community contact, the other high school student was last on campus on Friday, September 11. The middle school student was last at school on Monday, September 14. Anyone who is considered a close contact or was anyone who was within close proximity of any of the students for an extended period of time has already been contacted and notified of their quarantine procedures.
 

Daily Prevention Tip

Do NOT use a mask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District has not received any positive COVID-19 test results of a student or staff member. The Jefferson County Health Department also released three students from isolation, resulting in three additional closed positive cases.
 

Daily Prevention Tip

Remember, proper mask wearing is important. Be sure the mask covers your mouth AND nose.
Since our last report on Friday, September 11, the Festus R-VI School District has not received any positive COVID-19 test results of any students or staff.
 

Daily Prevention Tip

Remember to keep your facial coverings clean. Dirty masks can spread germs. Wash them every day.
Today, the Festus R-VI School District learned of positive COVID-19 test results on two staff members. Both staff members have been home under quarantine for community exposure, therefore their positive results did not affect any students or staff at school.
 

Daily Prevention Tip

It’s the weekend. Please take a moment to wash off the outside of your students’ backpacks. A good cleaning on the outside will help to prevent the spread of any germs.
Since our last update about 24 hours ago, the Festus R-VI School District has not received any positive COVID-19 test results on a student or staff member.
 

Daily Prevention Tip

If someone in your household is tested for COVID-19, it is important that you quarantine all members of your family at home until you get the results of that test.
The Festus R-VI School District learned today of a positive COVID-19 test result on a student at the high school. The student's last day on campus was for a brief time today, Wednesday, September 9, however, contact tracing must be tracked back to last Friday, September 4. Anyone who is considered a close contact or anyone who was in close proximity to the individual for an extended period of time has been contacted and advised of their quarantine requirements. If you have NOT heard directly from me or someone else at the Festus R-VI School District, no additional precautions need to be taken. .
 

Daily Prevention Tip

It is important to note that the symptoms of COVID-19 are very similar to many other ailments including allergies, the common cold, strep throat and the flu. If you don't feel good, be safe and stay home. See a doctor if the symptoms don't improve.
Since our last report on Friday, September 4, the Festus R-VI School District has received positive COVID-19 test results on three students and two employees. The student tests involve an Intermediate School student who hasn't been at school since August 28, a Middle School student and a High School Student whose last days on campus were Wednesday, September 2. The staff members who tested positive do not work in a position where they would be in close contact with students for greater than 15 minutes. Anyone who is considered a close contact or was in close proximity to any of these individuals for an extended period of time, has already been contacted and advised of their quarantine. If you have not heard from me personally, or anyone else in the district, then you do NOT need to take any extra precautions.
 

Daily Prevention Tip

Today's tip comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Jefferson County Health Department. When choosing a face covering, look for these things: 1. Choose a mask that fits snuggly around your face and has no gaps. 2. Look for multi-layered (at least 2), tightly woven cotton, cotton-polyester blends or linens. 3. Fabrics with soft, stretchy material such as spandex or polyester pull moisture away from your skin, helping to keep you cooler. 4. The mask should be able to be secured with ear loops or ties 5. The mask should be washable and able to retain its shape without damage after being washed.
In the past 24 hours, the Festus R-VI School District received word of one positive COVID-19 test of a Festus High School student. The student was last on campus on Tuesday, September 1. Anyone who is considered a close contact or was in close proximity to the student for an extended period of time has already been contacted by the district and informed of their quarantine period. They are not allowed to return to school or work until that period is over.
 

Daily Prevention Tip

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, door knobs, light switches, handles, countertops, desks, phones, cell phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
Today the Festus R-VI School District received one positive COVID-19 test result on a student who attends the Intermediate School. This student was last on campus for a very limited time on Monday, August 31. Anyone who is considered a close contact or was in close proximity to the student for an extended period of time, has already been contacted by the R-VI District and informed they must stay away from school until released from quarantine by the Jefferson County Health Department.
 

Daily Prevention Tip

If you are sick stay home. If you are tested for COVID-19 you should self-quarantine until your test results come back. Don't go to work or school until you know the results of that test.
Today the Festus R-VI School District received no new positive COVID-19 test results.

Daily Prevention Tip

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. It’s especially important to wash:
  • Before eating or preparing food
  • Before touching your face
  • After using the restroom
  • After leaving a public place
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After handling your mask
  • After changing a diaper
  • After caring for someone sick
  • After touching animals or pets
Today, the Festus R-VI School District received positive COVID-19 test results on a Middle School staff member.  This staff member's only day on campus was Friday, August 28, for about three hours.  The staff member had no close contacts with any students or staff members while on campus.
 

Daily Prevention Tip

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stresses that COVID-19 is transmitted through the air on droplets that an infected person emits when they cough, sneeze or talk.  They strongly recommend covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze and sanitize your hands right away.
Today, the Festus R-VI School District learned of a positive test result of a student in our Elementary School.  The student has not been on campus since Thursday, August 28 and is related to the staff member whose positive test result we communicated yesterday.  Anyone who is considered a close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) or were in close proximity of a positive case for an extended period of time has been contacted by the District or the Jefferson County Health Department and told to quarantine and that they cannot return to school until their quarantine period is over.  Since the start of school last Monday, August 24th, the District has received positive test results on 3 students and one staff member. 

Daily Prevention Tip

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people who test positive for COVID-19 can spread the virus up to two days before becoming symptomatic and therefore do not know they are even infected with the virus.  Because of this, the CDC says everyone should wear a mask when in a public setting and when around people who don't live in your household and when social distancing cannot be observed.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.  You can email Lindsey Roth, Coordinator of Staff and Student Wellness at rothlindsey@festusedu.com.
On Saturday, R-VI was notified of a positive COVID test result on a member of the staff at Festus Elementary.  The individual is not a classroom teacher but was at work during the first week of school and was last on campus on Thursday, August 28.  Any individual who was in close contact (6’ or less) for longer than 15 minutes or was in close proximity to the positive case for an extended period of time, has already been contacted by the R-VI District and/or the Jefferson County Health Department (JCHD).
Today, the Festus R-VI School District was notified by a family that two siblings enrolled with Festus R-VI had tested positive for COVID-19.  One sibling is enrolled at Festus Elementary School and the other is enrolled at Festus High School.  Both students were last on campus Monday, August 24th but were NOT in attendance on Tuesday, August 25th or Wednesday, August 26th.   Individuals who were within 6 feet of either student for more than 15 minutes, which are guidelines administered by the Jefferson County Health Department, in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are being contacted directly by the R-VI District and will not be returning for the duration of the quarantine period.  So, unless you hear from the R-VI District or the Jefferson County Health Department, there is no need for you or your family to do any type of isolation or quarantine.