The following email was sent to Schoharie CSD families and staff members at 4 p.m. on March 18:
Dear Schoharie CSD families,
We are writing to inform you that we have been notified that a person with a connection to the Schoharie CSD community was diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus.
Due to HIPPA regulations, only limited information is available to the public about this case. School has been closed since Friday, March 13. The district has been following a diligent cleaning protocol since this public health crisis emerged in New York State last month. That protocol continues even as the district is closed and we maintain only limited staffing and working hours.
We have been in contact with the Schoharie County Health Department. The health department has reached out to those individuals who have been in close contact to provide instructions about quarantine and noted that none of those individuals were symptomatic at this time. So if you haven’t been contacted, they have told us that it’s because they have not identified you or your child as a close contact. They indicated to us there is no risk to the school community from this case based on their assessment.
It was expected that as testing increased in New York State, there would be more confirmed cases. Please review our COVID-19 Resources Page for up-to-date information.
If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of a respiratory disease and suspect it may be COVID-19, please contact your healthcare provider. Exposure to COVID-19 can occur from any person-to-person contact and is not limited to a particular race or ethnicity.
New York State Department of Health recommends the following:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before you eat.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Keep a distance of at least 6 feet to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
- Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue and discard it in a closed container.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
For people who are sick:
- Stay home.
- If you have a fever, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicines, such as acetaminophen.
- Keep sick household members away from others. If you have a separate room that is best.
- Use soap and water, a bleach and water solution, or EPA-approved household products. You can make your own cleanser with a mixture of 1 cup of liquid unscented chlorine bleach in 5 gallons of water.
- Avoid sharing personal items.
- Anyone at high risk for complications should talk to their healthcare provider for more information.
COVID-19 Information Resources
In addition, New York has established a Novel Coronavirus Hotline, which can provide additional information. Call 1-888-364-3065 with questions or concerns about travel and symptoms.
Talking to Children about COVID-19
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Travel: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
COVID-19: What is Stigma and What Causes It?
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Frequently Asked Questions – Prevention
Prevention, Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
CDC Information for Travel