Confirmed Case of COVID-19 Affects Two Bangor Schools
Bangor School Department officials say a student or staff member of Mary Snow and Abraham Lincoln schools has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
The effect this case is having on students and staff members is different at each school, because of the extent of that population's potential exposure to the virus.
Mary Snow School has moved to all-remote learning because of the number of potentially close contacts within the facility. The current plan is for students to return to school on Monday, March 29th.
Abraham Lincoln School will remain open, as the number of staff and students who had contact with the individual is limited.
A Bangor school nurse will be notifying all people who may have been in close contact with the affected person. Parents and students are encouraged to continue to practice safety procedures, such as wearing a mask, social distancing, and washing hands often.
Any student who is feeling sick should stay home, especially if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19, including:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste and smell
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Anyone who is feeling sick, or showing symptoms, should contact their healthcare provider to determine whether they should be tested for COVID-19.
Parents with questions should contact their child's school. General information about COVID can be obtained by calling 211. (1-866-811-5695) People can also text their zip code to 898-211 or email email@example.com. Find more information on the Maine CDC website.
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