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Posted on: October 26, 2020

Public Health Investigates COVID-19 Outbreak at Little Red SchoolHouse

Summit County Public Health

Breckenridge preschool reports two cases among staff; all positive cases have been isolated and all known close contacts have been quarantined

Contact: Nicole Valentine, Public Affairs Coordinator, Summit County Public Health

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Public Health Department, in coordination with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), is investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 at Little Red SchoolHouse. The preschool and early learning center has two confirmed cases among staff members.

“Currently, we are in the midst of the most significant surge in COVID activity we have ever experienced in Summit County: Our case incidence rate is now within the state’s most highly regulated stay-at-home category and is the sixth highest rate in Colorado,” County manager Scott Vargo said. “We know that even when taking precautions, COVID-19 is highly transmissible as evidenced by the ninety-two new cases in our community last week. Now is the time for every individual to follow the Six Commitments to Containment and avoid gatherings while COVID is rampant and spreading. This is the only way to protect our businesses, our jobs, and each other.”

Little Red SchoolHouse is a Montessori-based preschool and early learning center located in Breckenridge. The two individuals were tested for COVID-19 on Oct. 18 and Oct. 23, after developing symptoms. Public Health received the positive test results on Oct. 21 and Oct. 25. 

Management at Little Red SchoolHouse had been extremely proactive in following all recommended Physical Distancing Protocol and Public Health guidelines.

“We appreciate the support of our Little Red and Breckenridge community. We want to thank our teachers for continuing to show up to educate the children our community and thank our families for following the many new protocols that have been put into place. We are working extremely hard to keep our school safe and following all public health regulations, yet like so many organizations in Summit County, we are dealing with positive cases,” Little Red SchoolHouse Executive Director Greta Shackelford said. “We are thankful that we have been able to reopen our doors with minimal closures since June 1st and we encourage our families and community to stay vigilant so we, and others, can continue to remain open.”   

The outbreak investigation at Little Red SchoolHouse has concluded. The positive cases have been placed in isolation, and all close contacts identified have been placed under quarantine. Little Red SchoolHouse will remain open.

Information on Summit County positive cases can be found on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

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