SHS Critical Update
January 11, 2021
COVID-19 Notification Letter
Dear Scarborough High School Families and Staff,
This letter is to inform you that since our last communication on Friday, we have been informed that 3 more individuals from Scarborough High School have been confirmed positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Our nursing staff have communicated closely with the Maine CDC to ensure all protocols are being followed. In each case, the person has not been onsite since before the holiday break, and, as such, there were no close contacts identified from school contact. We are informing you now in an effort of complete transparency.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that ranges from mild to severe. It can be more severe in adults 60 years and older and in those with underlying conditions. The virus mainly spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes and an uninfected person breathes in the virus. Signs and symptoms include:
• fever or chills • cough
• shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • fatigue
• muscle or body aches • headache
• new loss of taste or smell • sore throat
• congestion or runny nose • nausea or vomiting or diarrhea
Please keep in mind that many things can cause respiratory illness, so students and staff should be up-to-date on influenza and routine vaccinations.
Maine CDC recommends prevention measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures include proper handwashing with soap and warm water, which is especially important after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Thanks to the strong protocols in place, we received timely communication. Questions can be directed to our school nurse, Heidi Igneri at 730-5015 or to firstname.lastname@example.org . For general COVID-19 questions, dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695). You can also text your ZIP code to 898-211 or email email@example.com. Call a health care provider for questions about your symptoms. More information can be found at www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
Susan J. Ketch