Member of East Haven’s Momauguin School community positive for coronavirus
EAST HAVEN — A member of the Momauguin Elementary School community has tested positive for COVID-19, Superintendent of Schools Erica Forti told parents and other school community members in an email Tuesday.
School will be in session Wednesday at Momauguin, Forti said in a separate email to the New Haven Register.
Neither email specified whether the person who tested positive was a teacher, student or staff member.
But Michael Pascucilla, director of the East Shore District Health Department, said it was a student.
“We just found out about it, ourselves. This all went down in just the last few hours,” Pascucilla said. “We believe we have a good handle on it and we’re doing contact tracing … and there will be some people in quarantine. My staff is working on it along with (Forti’s) staff.
“This doesn’t warrant closing a school” and “it seems to be isolated,” Pascucilla said. “Right now, it seems to be under control … Right now, it’s only isolated to one individual,” he said.
“The district was notified today that a member of the Momauguin School community tested positive for the COVID-19 virus,” Forti wrote to the Register. “The individual was last in school on (Thursday Sept. 17). Upon notification, administration immediately began to work with East Shore (District) Health Department to advise the individual to remain home in self-isolation for 10 days and provided additional instructions for the individual to follow prior to returning to school.
“Family members have also been instructed to self-quarantine and get tested,” Forti wrote to members of the school community.
“The district performed contact tracing and is notifying anyone that was in close contact with this individual with instructions for quarantining,” she wrote to the Register. “Classrooms and common areas are being sanitized and disinfected according to CDC guidelines. “
Momauguin School “will be in session Wednesday September 23, 2020, as East Shore Health indicates the above scenario does not warrant a full school closure,” Forti wrote. “The health and safety of all students and staff is our highest priority. We will continue to be diligent in our efforts in maintaining a safe environment for everyone,” she said.
“Anyone who is considered a “close contact” with this person will be notified by the school or local health officials and provided with instructions on the appropriate steps to take,” Forti told members of the Momauguin School community.
The COVID-19 symptoms families should watch for include fever (100.4° Fahrenheit or higher,) chills or shaking chills, uncontrolled new cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough,) difficulty breathing or shortness of breath and new loss of taste or smell, Forti wrote.
Staff and students exhibiting any of the above symptoms, or feeling ill, should remain home and call their medical provider to report their symptoms and ask about testing prior to seeking in-person care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital, she said.