GENESEO — One grade level at the Geneseo Central School District has switched to remote learning after a student tested positive for COVID-19.
Superintendent Cindy Flowers said the student is a female a the middle/high school grade level. She declined to identify the specific grade due to privacy concerns.
“What I can tell you is that she did have some of the symptoms,” Flowers said. “She is also doing better.”
The student was last in school on Oct. 6 and the Livingston County Department of Health is doing contract tracing for students who might have been impacted.
“We have reached out and done all of the contact tracing for anyone that should be concerned and at this point we are proceeding with an abundance of caution,” said Flowers.
COVID-19 symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus and include fever, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, cough, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Some people have no symptoms at all. For the student who tested positive, Flowers also said she believes the student did not contact the virus on school property.
“It was not in school but I am not going to say where,” she said. “It does not appear that it was contracted at school. It was more of a community spread.”
Public Health Director Jennifer Rodriguez said about 16 to 20 people have been affected by this one case.
“We have quarantined any staff or any other students that would have been identified, as a contact or close contact of the student. Meaning that they had exposure to the student,” said Rodriguez.
It is a 14-day quarantine.
“It actually is based on the last contact with the student. They would be done with quarantine in another week,” said Rodriguez.
To also help keep other students safe Flowers said social distancing is being encouraged at the school.
“Just if everyone could continue to do their part with social distancing, keeping up with handwashing, wearing face masks and keeping 6 feet apart, I think that is the best thing that I think we can ask students and families to do,” said Flowers.
Families of other students at the school she said should not be concerned.
“We are continuing with our cleaning and disinfecting and parents should not be concerned,” said Flowers.
If people are concerned, Flowers in a letter posted on the school’s website, is encouraging people to contact the Livingston County Department of Health at (585) 243-7270 with any questions or concerns about contact tracing, testing. COVID-19 testing is being done by appointment only at the Department of Health.
Geneseo is the latest affected by a COVID-19 outbreak. Elba and Pioneer Central Schools each switched temporarily to online learning after cases were confirmed at their facilities.
Seven school districts serving the four-county GLOW region have reported positive cases among students or staff members, according to the state’s COVID-19 report card.
The Geneseo case was not reflected on the state website as of Tuesday evening, with lab-confirmed results updated as of Oct. 12 and school-reported data as of Oct. 9.
Among other GLOW region schools, Elba has had a total of five students test positive for COVID-19; Dansville and Yorkshire-Pioneer Central schools have had two cases - one student and on staff member; while single cases have been reported among a Manor Intermediate School student in the Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District, a staff member at Livonia Central School, a staff member at Le Roy Junior-Senior High School, and an elementary student in the Albion Central School District.