CASD: Two more COVID-19 cases

Two more COVID-19 cases

Two more cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Chambersburg schools.

Chambersburg Area School District officials said Sunday that a staff member at CAMS South and a 2nd grader at Hamilton Heights Elementary have confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

The administration confirmed Friday that a CAMS South 8th grader and a 3rd grader at Scotland Elementary School were diagnosed with the virus last week.

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The new cases mean more areas at the three schools will be closed beginning tomorrow (Monday). Teachers and students in Team 8A at CAMS South and parts of the 3rd grade team were notified of the need to go back to virtual schooling following last week’s announcement.

Today part of the CAMS South 6th and 7th grade team and part of the Hamilton Heights 2nd grade team were added to that list.

The district’s elementary students were just brought back into their classrooms two days a week on Oct. 19. CAMS students had just been back in classrooms a week. Now students in the classes affected by the COVID infections will go back to all-virtual learning until Nov. 16.

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What’s being done

During the closure, all areas occupied by the affected teams will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. That deep cleaning will go beyond the district’s regular and extensive daily cleaning.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health, together with Chambersburg Area School District, conducted the contact tracing investigation. Individuals identified as close contacts will be contacted by PA DoH and/or Chambersburg administration.

If an individual is not contacted, that person is not considered to be a close contact. Please be aware that Chambersburg Area School District has multiple employees who are certified contract tracers.

Close contact is defined by the CDC as anyone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes; starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick until the time the patient was isolated.