FROM STAFF REPORTS

Parents of students at two Iredell-Statesville Schools elementary schools were notified of positive COVID-19 test results last week.

Iredell County Health Director Jane Hinson notified Lake Norman Elementary parents on Tuesday, September 8, and Third Creek Elementary parents on Friday, September 11, of the positive tests.

There were no close contacts at either school, according to Hinson’s letters.

COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that can cause a wide range of symptoms that include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea and a new loss of taste or smell. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or can be inhaled into the lungs. We know that COVID-19 can be spread by people who are not showing symptoms. Symptoms may appear from 2 to 14 days after exposure.

Employees and students should not come to school if they develop any of the above symptoms. They should isolate at home and get tested as soon as possible. You can locate testing sites in your community at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/about-covid-19/testing/find-mv-testing-place

I-SS personnel continue to clean and disinfect all areas of the school buildings, including any areas of potential impact, according to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the N.C. Department of Health & Human Services.

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