Two Teachers At Jamestown Public Schools Test Positive For Coronavirus

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JAMESTOWN – Two teachers are Jamestown Public Schools have tested positive for COVID-19.

The district announced the news on Wednesday afternoon.

Officials say one teacher worked at Persell Middle School and the other at Ring Elementary School.

The district says both were last in the buildings on Friday and there is no known connection between the cases.

“We continue to stress the importance of social distancing, face masks, and frequent hand washing both at school and at home,” said JPS Superintendent Dr. Kevin Whitaker in a statement. “If you or your family members experience any COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home and contact your health provider for a diagnosis. We must continue to work together to keep our community safe and well.”

The district would like parents to know that a confirmed case does not mean that children have been exposed to those who tested positive. Any individuals who may have been in close contact, as defined by the Chautauqua County Department of Health, with a confirmed case will be contacted directly by the New York Department of Health contact tracers with pertinent information and next steps.

If your child has any symptoms of COVID-19, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, significant diarrhea, sore throat or a fever greater than 100 F or 37.8 C, the district asks parents to contact their health care provider and notify your child’s school health office.


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