Five staff members, seven students self-quarantining after COVID-19 exposure at Tomahawk High School
For the Tomahawk Leader
TOMAHAWK – School District of Tomahawk Administrator Terry Reynolds announced on Thursday, Sept. 17 that a dozen people are self-quarantining at the direction of the Lincoln County Health Department (LCHD) after the district was notified that an individual who was present at Tomahawk High School on Friday, Sept. 11 had tested positive for COVID-19.
It was not specified if the infected individual is a student, staff member, or visitor, or if the individual tested positive before or after they were on campus.
“Per established protocols, 5 staff members and 7 students individuals have been identified and notified as being close contacts (within 6 feet for longer than 14 minutes in a 24 hour time period) by Lincoln County Health and required to self quarantine,” Reynolds stated in a letter to families and staff. “Fortunately, the student and staff exposure was limited to just one classroom area in the building. This area has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected according to guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control, Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Lincoln County Public Health. We are also in contact with the Lincoln County Public Health and will continue to take the steps necessary to protect the health of our students and staff.”
Reynolds said the individual will not be allowed on campus until they are able to provide a release from LCHD, adding that quarantined students and staff may return after 14 days if they are symptom-free.
“We will continue to provide you with updates if any further actions need to be taken,” Reynolds said. “If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Additional information regarding student and employee response protocols and safety protocols that have been put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19 can be found on the District website at www.tomahawk.k12.wi.us/district/safety-protocols.cfm.