Wells ISD reports confirmed COVID case among staff

by Staff reports

WELLS – Local schools superintendent Jill Gaston has confirmed that a district staff member diagnosed with COVID-19 was present in the district on Nov. 17. The individual's name is not being released, due to privacy requirements.

The letter sent to parents and guardians is below:

Dear Parent/Guardian,

In keeping with Wells ISD’s practices to respond to COVID-19, we are notifying all student families

that a STAFF MEMBER who was lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 was present in the district on

November 17, 2020. Due to privacy requirements, we will not be releasing the name of the

individual or details that may identify him or her.

Over the next 24 hours we will be in contact with the local health department to give time to

conduct this investigation and notify those who have potentially been infected, as well as clean

affected areas. We will keep you apprised of further updates.

While we do not have reason to believe that those who were not in close contact with the

infected individual have reason to be concerned, we ask that you, as always, watch for symptoms

of COVID-19.

Any of the following symptoms indicate a possible COVID-19 infection:

○ Temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth;

○ Sore throat;

○ New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (or, for students with a

chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline);

○ Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain; or

○ New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever.

If you or any member of the Wells ISD community does begin experiencing any of these

symptoms in a way that is not typical, we encourage you to contact your physician. We

encourage anyone in the Wells ISD community who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 to please

notify our school by contacting our nurse, Tina Glover.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to info@wells.esc7.net or visit our website

at www.wells.esc7.net