Student at Douglas High School tests positive for COVID-19

KEZI did reach out to the Winston-Dillard School district Tuesday night to see if the school will be open following the positive case, but the office was closed for the evening.

Posted: Oct 20, 2020 11:48 PM
Updated: Oct 21, 2020 2:38 PM

WINSTON, Ore.-- Douglas High School announced Tuesday night that a student tested positive for COVD-19.

This announcement comes after a rocky start to in-person classes. At the beginning of the month, teachers staged a sick-out and a now-former student gave pictures to KEZI depicting only a handful of students wearing a mask.


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The district posted this message on their Facebook page:

"We were notified by Douglas Public Health Network and Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, our Douglas County Public Health Officer, that we have had one student test positive for COVID-19 at Douglas High School. We are working very closely with local public health and The Oregon Health Authority to notify parents of the children in the cohort that the child that tested positive was in and are asking them to quarantine for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.

'Although this is a third school outbreak that we’ve seen locally, it is another example of a school utilizing student cohorts to reduce risk and mitigate transmission of COVID-19 in a school setting. School officials are working very closely with DPHN and myself to care for the one positive case and advise parents, families and staff that are close contacts. We believe the risk is low to the school community and DPHN remains available to support the families that are quarantining.' Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, Douglas County Public Health Officer.

If your child was in the same cohort, or a staff member in the same cohort, and needs to quarantine, you will be notified by school officials this evening. If you have concerns or questions about COVID-19, please call the Douglas Public Health Network hotline at 541-464-6550, 7 days a week between 8-5:00 pm."

KEZI did reach out to the Winston-Dillard School district Tuesday night to see if the school will be open following the positive case, but the office was closed for the evening.

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