positive coronovirus test

The Fox C-6 School District emailed a letter to parents this evening (March 21) informing them that a parent with children at two schools in the district reported that she tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Superintendent Nisha Patel said the mother, who lives in Jefferson County, reported that she received a report from one of the Mercy hospitals that she had a “presumptive positive” result, but that the results must be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“At this point, we have not heard from the Jefferson County Health Department (about a positive result),” Patel said. “This was a self-reported situation. The parent said she was told she was presumed positive.”

Kelley Vollmar, director of the Jefferson County Health Department, said this evening that the state has not notified the department about a positive test in Jefferson County.

So, the Health Department reported that as of 5:07 p.m. today, no positive cases had been reported in the county.

JP Prezzavento, Fox’s communication and instructional technology coordinator, said no Fox students have tested positive for the virus.

In the email Patel sent out, she said the Fox the parent’s children attend Hodge Elementary and Seckman Middle School, both in Imperial.

The Hodge student had not been at school since March 6, and the Seckman Middle student did not attend school from March 9-16. However, the Seckman Middle student did attend classes on Tuesday (March 17).

Fox closed all of its schools on Wednesday (March 18) because of the coronavirus pandemic. The district anticipates reopening schools on April 13 after spring break, which runs from April 6 through April 10.

Patel said in her email that the woman who reported she has the virus and her family members are “following all directions from the CDC.”

The mother also reportedly is “advocating” for her children to be tested for COVID-19, the email said.

We will continue to communicate with our local health authorities and work with the individual schools as we learn more,” Patel said.

She also advised anyone who has “flu-like symptoms to contact the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services coronavirus hotline at 1-877-435-8411.

“We would like to remind our students, staff, and families that the coronavirus is thought to be spread via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. We urge all families to follow guidelines in place by the CDC and local health authorities regarding social distancing and proper hand-washing during this time,” Patel said.

Prezzavento said during the extended school closure all schools are being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

“The Fox district will continue to follow guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials as we work to contain the spread of COVID-19,” he said.