By SARAH PARKER | County Line Editor
So far this school year, four Covid-19 cases have cropped up at Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton Schools, which in part resulted in a quarantine of 100 students and six staff members as of Tuesday.
The district has one student case in the high school and another in the elementary school, and of the two confirmed staff cases, one now is considered recovered.
In each confirmed case, it seems probable that the person was not infected at school, but rather contracted Covid-19 elsewhere, Anderson noted. He said school staff had been unable to find a “link to anything the school’s doing.”
In all, 66 elementary students and 44 junior/senior high students, along with six staff members, were in quarantine Tuesday, but not all of those people were exposed at school. And in some cases, students were showing symptoms, and in other cases, they were siblings of those who had shown infections.
As part of N-O-W’s nursing contract with Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers, Carmen Peterson serves as the school’s nurse. She has done a “phenomenal job” monitoring students and working with the Monroe County Health Department, Anderson said.
“We are very fortunate to have such a good nurse,” he added.
No confirmed cases at Royall
As of Tuesday, Royall had no confirmed cases among its students or staff, said Superintendent Mark Gruen.
The district did have 40 student and staff members in quarantine, though. Those people either had exhibited symptoms of Covid-19 or had come in contact with someone who was a confirmed case.
Like Anderson, Gruen said he was pleased with the nursing care provided at the school.
“One bright spot has been working with Gundersen Lutheran, as they have been providing us with a substitute nurse while we get one in place. The sub has been awesome, as has Gundersen,” he said.
Royall’s long-time nurse retired earlier this year.
Covid-19 cases rise through the week
From Sept. 16–22, Monroe County’s Covid-19 count rose by 87, including 30 over the weekend. As of Tuesday, its total was 419, of which 98 were active (two were hospitalized), 319 had recovered, and two had died.
In the same time period, Vernon County’s cases went up by 35, plus it recorded its first death, a man in his 70s.
The total as of Tuesday was 182, of which 138 had recovered, none were hospitalized, 43 were isolating at home, and one had died.
Juneau County had 48 new cases from Sept. 16–22, bringing its total to 336, of which 49 were active (one was hospitalized), 107 had been released from isolation, 177 had recovered, and three had died.
For current Covid-19 figures, go towww.thecountyline.net.