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Family member of Coweta student being evaluated for COVID-19


  • By Laurel Huster
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  • Mar. 12, 2020 - 4:21 PM

(Edited March 12, 2020 at 12:03 p.m. to add information about Western Elementary employee.)

School officials were contacted March 11 by a parent of students at Canongate Elementary and Madras Middle schools that a family member in their household is being evaluated for COVID-19.

This family member has been recommended to quarantine for 14 days while it is determined if they test positive for COVID-19. At this time, it has not been determined if this family member is positive for COVID-19, according to the letter released March 11.

The parent who notified the school system has informed school officials that their students and household family members will self-quarantine until a diagnosis is returned as negative or until they receive further instructions from health officials.

“Health officials and the school system are acting out of an abundance of caution to quickly identify cases of COVID-19 and take the appropriate public health action to reduce its spread and protect the general public,” the letter stated.

Canongate Elementary and Madras Middle School are operating normally today. If the school system becomes aware of a confirmed case, they will inform parents and stakeholders immediately and will seek guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

“We will also work to keep parents informed of events related to this evolving health situation. We will continue to work closely with other governmental and health agencies to receive the most accurate information available, which we will communicate to our parents,” the letter stated. “Please feel free to call the Coweta County Superintendent’s Office or your child’s principal if you have further questions.”

On Wednesday, the Department of Public Health sent a letter to parents of Western Elementary School students notifying them that an employee at the school is at home self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.

The letter stated the employee had not yet exhibited symptoms of the virus, and that the possible exposure occurred outside of the school environment and has not been verified by the DPH.

"We are acting out of an abundance of caution to quickly identify cases of COVID-19 and take the appropriate public health action to reduce its spread and protect the general public," the letter stated, adding that the DPH and the school system will notify parents of any potential student exposure.

As of Thursday, Western was operating under regular conditions.