The Perham-Dent Public School was notified by the Minnesota Department of Health of lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in members of the Heart of the Lakes Elementary and Prairie Wind Middle School communities, according to a release from the Perham-Dent Public School. The exposed dates for Heart of the Lakes were between Oct. 20-22, while the exposed dates at Prarie Wind were Oct. 20-21.
The school is working with the Minnesota Department of Health and the Otter Tail County Public Health to identify those who had close contact with the case and have communicated with them individually. The risk of exposure for other individuals present in the building on that date is no greater than the risk of contracting the virus in the general community.
Those who were not identified to have close contact with the positive case should still monitor for symptoms of illness but do not need to stay home unless symptoms develop. If symptoms develop, stay home, and consult with a physician to determine if a medical evaluation is needed.
The Perham-Dent Public School's Community Relations Director Jason Groth said the school's learning model will not be changing at this time.
The school understands that this may create unease in the community and has taken action to clean and sanitize the facility and are working closely with MDH to monitor the situation. The school is asking all members of the community to minimize the spread of illness by taking the following actions:
Protect yourself and others by wearing a face-covering when it is hard to stay 6 feet away from people; washing your hands often with soap and water; covering your cough and sneeze; and avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands.
If are sick, stay home from child care and other activities.
Be prepared in case you get sick and need to stay home. Keep enough food, regular prescription drugs, and other necessities on hand in case you need to stay home and are not able to go out easily.
Frequently clean all commonly touched surfaces (e.g., telephones, doorknobs, countertops, etc.).
According to the release, if symptoms develop, stay home, and consult with a physician to determine if a medical evaluation is needed. For those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health recommends:
1. Stay at home for at least 10 days, and for 24 hours with no fever and improvement of other symptoms; fevers should be gone for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medicine.
2. Use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website on how to care for yourself at home with COVID-19.
3. If household contacts were exposed to a member with symptoms, they should try to stay home as much as possible for 14 days.
For more information visit:
MDH Coronavirus: health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/index.html
MDH If You Are Sick: health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/sick.html
CDC Coronavirus: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Otter Tail County Public Health: ottertailcountymn.us/department/public-health/