Health Department Prepared For School Reopening, Plan For Uptick In COVID Cases

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MAYVILLE — With thousands of Chautauqua County students and pupils returning to school this week, county officials say they are prepared to deal with COVID-19 in a partnership with local school districts.







Chautauqua County Public Health Director Christine Schuyler addressed back to school issues at a briefing late last week.

“We have been in regular communication with the school districts in Chautauqua County and BOCES,” Schuyler said. “We have developed several resource materials for the schools to utilize.”







Local health departments and schools were promised updated clinical guidance from the state, she said, adding they were expected to arrive this past weekend.

“We will have a link on the county COVID page on our website,” Schuyler said. “We are hoping that those resources are very helpful to our school districts.”













While county officials say they don’t really know what to expect from school openings, Schuyler believes there will be more positive COVID-19 cases.

“We don’ know what to expect. I honestly fully expect we are going to see cases because it’s impossible when people start to congregate more that this is what’s going to happen. We know the virus is in our community,” she said.

 

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