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JPS Reports Two Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

The Deke Kathman Administration Building located on Martin Road in Jamestown. P-J photo by Cameron Hurst

The Jamestown Public Schools District, in a statement Wednesday, said it was notified by the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services, that two members of the Jamestown community tested positive for the coronavirus. The cases reportedly involve siblings who attend school through distance learning only and have not been physically present at Jamestown High School.

The district said it continues to work closely with the county Health Department on contact tracing of any confirmed cases. Any individuals who may have been in close contact with a confirmed case will be contacted directly by health officials with pertinent information and next steps.

“We appreciate our community’s efforts to work together to keep our students and staff safe by wearing face masks, maintaining social distancing and continuing frequent hand washing while on any school property,” Superintendent Dr. Kevin Whitaker said Wednesday. “The health and safety of our school community remains our number one priority.”

Students or staff that exhibit possible COVID-19 symptoms are asked to contact their health provider and stay home from school. Possible symptoms include fever over 100 F, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, muscle aches, vomiting or diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell.

Meanwhile, the state’s COVID-19 school report card noted two additional positive COVOD-19 cases, at School 7 in Dunkirk. There were no other cases reported at the other elementary or secondary locations.

The report card says the two are the number of “total on-site persons testing positive.” Students have not yet returned for classes in Dunkirk. Remote learning did begin on Monday.

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