COVID-19 Update from Dr. Campbell
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Dear Plymouth Community,
I am sending you this message this evening to address the recent update of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard which lists each community’s average daily case rates for COVID-19. As you may have noticed from this evening's update, Plymouth is now considered a red community which means the town of Plymouth has experienced an average of eight or more daily cases per 100,000 residents over the last two weeks.
I want to assure you that the situation in our schools has not changed since we last updated you. We have yet to receive any additional confirmed cases. In addition, we have had no cases which have resulted from exposure within our schools. All confirmed cases and quarantined individuals are due to external exposure and can be found on our district dashboard. This information has not changed in recent days. What the town is seeing at this time is an increase of confirmed cases from residents outside of our school community.
To date, we have had 5 positive cases across the district. Now that the school year is underway, we have had to proactively address and manage various scenarios around COVID-19 infections impacting our students and families. In each case where students have been impacted by COVID-19 we have consulted on a case-by-case basis with MDPH Epidemiologists, utilized DESE/DPH guidance, and worked with both our Public Health Director, and our School Physician. We have also consistently communicated with Dr. Barry Potvin, our local Board of Health Chair. This total collective collaboration continues to be a significant support to our district team as we safely manage situational occurrences around COVID-19.
Our students and staff have done a remarkable job in practicing our primary prevention strategies in school. It is critically important that we also continue to practice these important prevention strategies outside of school.
I want to thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions at any time, please feel free to contact your school administration or our Director of Health Service or my office.
Superintendent of Schools