WCSD confirms positive COVID-19 case at Diedrichsen Elementary

Published: Aug. 26, 2020 at 12:35 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Washoe County School District officials on Wednesday confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 at Diedrichsen Elementary School.

The district said it is working with the health district on contact tracing. In a press release, it said that a number of individuals will be excluded from the school for 14 days and that those individuals will be contacted by the Washoe County Health District and the school.

Due to privacy concerns, no other information will be released about the positive case or those who will be excluded from school.

The school district said it is following enhanced cleaning protocol per the health district and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.

Diedrichsen Elementary is the 10th school within the Washoe County School District over the past few weeks that have had a confirmed COVID-19 case among students and staff.

“We have devoted staff to be able to identify pediatric cases as we get new positives coming in through testing,” Kevin Dick, Washoe County District Health Officer said.

Parents and grandparents tell KOLO 8 News Now while they’re worried about the new case, it doesn’t surprise them.

“Am I concerned about it? Of course,” Ann Cook, a grandparent with two grandkids attending Diedrichsen said, “But I think we all just have to take some reasonable precautions.”

More than a month before the 2020-2021 school year started, Dick firmly stated not to send kids back to school. He still stands by that statement, adding, “That remains my recommendation, based on the level of disease transmission that we have in our community.”

Some parents and guardians said they are pleased with how WCSD is communicating the information about these cases to them in a timely manner.

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