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Posted on: November 8, 2020

Public Health Investigates Second Outbreak at Frisco Elementary

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Two students confirmed positive; all positive cases have been isolated and known close contacts have been quarantined

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SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Public Health Department, in coordination with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Summit School District, is investigating another outbreak of COVID-19 at Frisco Elementary School. Two additional confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported among students.

"Summit School District has implemented effective protocols to reduce the risk of transmission among students and staff,” Summit County Public Health Director Amy Wineland said. "In response to these two new cases, and associated quarantine requirements among school staff, the district responded very quickly to move all of Frisco Elementary to online learning. This nimbleness is a product of diligent planning and preparedness measures."

Summit County Public Health has a dedicated team of contact tracers that works directly with Summit School District to monitor for outbreaks, isolate students and staff who test positive, perform contact tracing for close contacts and quarantine individuals who have come in close contact with positive cases. The goals of the partnership are to keep schools open, minimize the potential for outbreaks, isolate and address any outbreaks that do occur and prevent further spread of COVID-19 within the school district.

“While we’re striving to keep schools open to the greatest extent possible, the outbreaks and associated staff quarantines signal that we need to activate more substantial measures to mitigate disease spread at Frisco Elementary,” Wineland said.

The two students were tested on Nov. 2 and 4, after developing symptoms. Public Health received the first positive test result on Nov. 4.

“We are concerned about the individuals who have tested positive, and we hope that they recover quickly,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marion Smith, Jr. “We are also working closely with local public health to make sure we are being actionable in keeping other staff and scholars safe.”

The outbreak investigation remains in progress. The positive cases have been placed in isolation, and all close contacts identified thus far have been placed under quarantine.

Parents should monitor their children for COVID-19 symptoms, and if they develop, keep children at home and schedule a test immediately at a free community location by calling 970-668-5584. 

Additional recommendations for parents can be found on the Summit School District website. Information on the contact tracing process in schools is available on the Summit County website. Find information on free COVID-19 testing in Summit County.


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