DeKalb High School staffer is 1st confirmed COVID-19 in county

COVID-19 Cases

DeKalb County is now the fifth county in the area with a patient who has the Novel Coronavirus.

Posted: Mar 24, 2020 1:51 PM
Updated: Mar 24, 2020 6:43 PM

WATERLOO, Ind. (WFFT) — A staff member at DeKalb High School has been diagnosed with the COVID-19 Coronavirus. 

DeKalb County is now the fifth county in the area with a patient who has Coronavirus.

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The DeKalb County Health Department, Indiana State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed this is a positive case for the county.

Other Northeast Indiana counties with confirmed Coronavirus cases are: Adams, Allen, Noble and Wells counties.

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In an email to parents, DeKalb Central Schools Superintendent Steve Teders says a staff member of the high school tested positive for COVID-19 for the virus after receiving the results back Tuesday. 

Teders told families the staff member "been self quarantined since last Tuesday, March 17. This staff member’s last day in the high school was Monday, March 16."

Tedders told FOX 55 News the district escalated a few weeks ago and will continue to deep clean according to CDC guidelines.

The following email was sent to DeKalb Central parents:

"Good Afternoon DeKalb Central Families:

This morning, the district was notified of a high school staff member who tested positive for COVID-19.

Due to HIPAA restrictions, we are not able to provide the identity of the staff member.

This individual has been self quarantined since last Tuesday, March 17.

This staff member’s last day in the high school was Monday, March 16.

As a reminder, students were last in session at DeKalb Central Schools on Friday, March 13.

After consulting the DeKalb County Health Department, it is advisable for individuals, including a limited number of students picking up school supplies, who were present in the high school on Monday, March 16 to continue to self monitor, stay home, and contact your health care provider should you become ill or show symptoms of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic has now landed in DeKalb County with what I believe to be the first verified case and it is more important than ever to comply with local, state, and federal guidelines for slowing the spread of coronavirus.

DeKalb Central Schools is committed to the safety and well being of students and staff and will continue to be in direct consultation with local health officials so please stay tuned for future announcements.

Steve Teders - Superintendent"

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