Jefferson Middle School Teacher Tests Positive For COVID-19

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JAMESTOWN – Another teacher working with Jamestown Public Schools has tested positive for COVID-19.

The district was notified of the news late Tuesday afternoon by the Chautauqua County Health Department.

Officials say the Jefferson Middle School Teacher was asymptomatic and present at school on Friday, November 20.

The district would like parents to know that a confirmed case doesn’t mean that you or your child has been exposed to the individual who has tested positive.

Those who may have been in close contact with a confirmed case will be notified by the school, and will be contacted directly by the New York State Department of Health contact tracers with pertinent information and next steps.

“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. “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.”

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 school asks parents to contact their health care provider and notify the school health office.


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