Marin school COVID outbreak blamed on family who ignored positive test

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A COVID outbreak at a North Bay elementary school stems from a student who attended school while infected with the novel coronavirus.

KTVU obtained a statement from Marin Health & Human Services on Friday that acknowledges that a family in Marin County broke COVID protocol when their student, who tested positive for COVID, attended school during his infectious period. .

The health department said for the privacy of families and everyone involved, they were not disclosing more details. However, the Marin Independent Journal first reported that a COVID outbreak was affecting at least eight children at Neil Cummins Elementary School.

Larkspur-Corte Madera School District Superintendent Brett Geithman confirmed the newspaper’s report that up to 75 people are in modified quarantine due to the violation.

The school discovered the violation on November 18. Two classes were tested on November 19, followed by a third class, which was added to the modified quarantine.

The modified quarantine, which the district worked on with the health department, did not involve any travel, gathering or group activity over a 10-day period that included the Thanksgiving break.

Marin County Public Health said they have identified all affected student families and are working to prevent further transmission.

Geithman told KTVU that the parents of the student who was sent to school with a sibling after one tested positive may face “corrective action.”

“What we’re really trying to focus on is asking everyone to act with integrity. Mitigating COVID takes all of us,” Geithman said. While he did not specify what this action might look like for confidentiality reasons, he said schools in Marin reopened in October 2020 and this was the first case of school transmission in their district. .

Across the county, there have been 46 cases of transmission at school, according to the health department. The health department said this was the only known event of a household knowingly sending a COVID-19 positive student to school.

Geithman expressed his deep gratitude to the staff, students and the school community who have worked diligently thus far to make the in-person learning a global success.

He said many students, including 93% of middle school students in the district, are being vaccinated and the numbers for kindergarten to grade 6 students continue to pour in. He expects strong numbers in January, but is already seeing many of this age group having received their second dose of the COVID vaccination.

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This outbreak comes at a time of heightened awareness as the holiday season is in full swing, apparently on a collision course with the new omicron variant, which officially emerged as a worrying variant a week ago.


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