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Dawson-Boyd School District investigating COVID-19 exposure

LAC QUI PARLE COUNTY — The Dawson-Boyd School District said Tuesday it was working with the Minnesota Department of Health and a regional public health agency after learning people related to the school district may have been in contact with a person who had COVID-19.

While he didn’t give details on who may have been affected, Dawson-Boyd Superintendent David Hansen said in a post on the school district’s Facebook page that state and local public health agencies conducted interviews, and went over what Dawson-Boyd is doing to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

So far, Lac qui Parle County has had one confirmed case of COVID-19, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. In a Facebook post, Hanson said the school district had been made aware of the situation.

“Further, it has been made aware that persons related to the Dawson-Boyd School District may have been in contact with this person,” he said. District administration contacted the Minnesota Department of Health and Countryside Public Health, the five-county public health agency serving Lac qui Parle County.

“Immediate quarantine took place and interviews were conducted of any suspected persons,” Hansen said in the post. Public health agencies also conducted an inquiry into what steps the school district was taking to prevent spread of COVID-19 in school buildings and transportation, he said. Those steps included encouraging social distancing and hand-washing, as well as disinfecting door handles and machines, the post said.

“At this point, both public health agencies are satisfied with the district’s mitigation efforts and are allowing the use of the buildings and to have persons occupy it for the current purposes of planning distance education, emergency daycare, and to provide meals for delivery,” Hansen said.

Countryside Public Health administrator Elizabeth Auch said she could not give more information on who may have been in contact with the person with COVID-19. However, she said Countryside Public Health continues to work with the MDH, and to educate the public on COVID-19.

Preventive measures like washing hands, and avoiding close contact with people, are still key in fighting the spread of the coronavirus, Auch said.

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