LAKE COUNTY — Lake County/CSKT Tribal Health are currently following up on cases of COVID-19 in St. Ignatius Middle and High Schools, K. William Harvey Elementary and Ronan Middle School. Case investigations have been completed and close contacts have been placed under quarantine. At this time, there is no evidence of spread within the schools.

As a reminder, upon a positive COVID-19 lab result, Lake or CSKT Tribal Health follows up with the case to issue an isolation order and conduct a contact investigation. Contacts are then confidentially notified and placed under a 14-day quarantine with the option of being tested. If you are not contacted by either county/tribal health, you (or your child) have not been named as a close contact and no action is needed on your part.

With the re-opening of schools, we fully anticipated there to be cases of COVID-19 in the school setting. In preparation for that, conversations with school leadership have been ongoing since spring. We have faith in our school administrators, faculty and staff that everyone is doing the best that they can to keep the children in our community safe. However, even with the best laid plans, illness is bound to sneak in, whether it be the common cold, influenza, COVID-19, etc.

Please be patient with the schools, clinics, hospitals and public/tribal health as we navigate through these unchartered waters of COVID-19 together. It is important that everyone recognize that each entity is working hard to do their best in the situations thrown their way. Be supportive and refrain from spreading rumors as it causes unnecessary hysteria and makes contact investigation more difficult. 

COVID-19 is in Lake County and we must learn to live with it, not live in fear of it. Please continue to be vigilant with preventative measures.

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