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Posted on: October 7, 2021

Public Health Investigates Summit Middle School COVID-19 Outbreak

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Thirteen Summit Middle School students test positive for COVID-19

Contact: Adam Kisiel, Public Affairs Coordinator, Summit County Government

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County Public Health is investigating a COVID-19 outbreak at Summit Middle School.  Currently, thirteen students have tested positive for the virus.  The majority of the individuals are ineligible for vaccination, and those that are eligible are not vaccinated.

Several of the students that tested positive went to school multiple days while presenting symptoms, and some of the students attended school four plus days while having symptoms. Unvaccinated as well as fully vaccinated individuals should  isolate and seek testing when experiencing any COVID-like symptoms. While smoke levels and flora allergies are also present during this season, COVID-19 cannot be ruled out when symptoms are present, unless confirmatory testing is obtained. 

"We are sorry to report these cases among these young members of our school district," Summit County Public Health Director Amy Wineland said. "We are working closely with Summit School District to ensure the students receive the appropriate care and that we contain these outbreaks to minimize further spread of the disease.” 

“We want to enlist the help of our parents in the community to help track their students’ symptoms and keep them home when they are showing any signs of sickness. We highly encourage eligible students to get the vaccine and wear a mask to stop the spread of the virus and keep schools in-person," added Wineland.

On May 10, 2021, the FDA expanded the EUA for use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to include adolescents aged 12–15, and on May 12, 2021, ACIP issued recommendations for use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine among this population for the prevention of COVID-19.  

SMS has a total fully vaccinated rate of forty two percent, including staff and all students.  The rate of full vaccination among all eligible staff and students is fifty-seven percent )excluding those students ineligible for vaccination). The vaccination rate at Summit High School is sixty nine point eight percent, which is below the target of eighty percent for schools. 

"Summit School District continues to implement and re-evaluate COVID-19 mitigation strategies at our schools, monitor COVID cases throughout the district and work with Summit County Public Health daily.   We still need families to help us by keeping students home when they have symptoms, testing when needed and getting vaccinated if eligible,” Summit School District Physical Health Coordinator Elizabeth Edgar said.

 

Colorado’s pediatric case rates have increased since July and are still increasing through October as school districts seek resources from the State of Colorado to do consistent testing throughout the academic year.

Staff and families should continue to be diligent in continuing to practice COVID-19 mitigation strategies at school and in the community.  These strategies include:

  • Wear a mask in SSD buildings.  Send your child to school with a mask every day.
  • Wash hands often.
  • Please check your child for symptoms before they leave for school: COVID-19 Symptom Checker.
  • Stay home if you or your child have any COVID-like symptoms, even if you are vaccinated.  
  • Get tested if symptoms do not improve. Summit County Public Health testing locations can be found here or check with your health provider about testing options.
  • Stay home if you have a positive COVID-19 test result.  Isolate from other household members.
  • If unvaccinated, stay home if a household member or other close contact tests positive for COVID-19.  If you are vaccinated and live with someone who tests positive, please still be cautious and wear a mask in public places for 14 days after last contact.
  • Follow any quarantine or isolation instructions provided to you and your family by SCPH.
  • If you or your student are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination and are not vaccinated, please sign up an upcoming vaccination clinic here. Clinics are happening at SSD school sites.

For information on outbreak definitions, visit CDPHE’s website.

Parents can call Summit County Public Health for Children COVID-19 Vaccination questions: 970-668-9161. 

For parents who are concerned about the safety and efficacy of vaccines in school-aged children, please visit these credible sources of information: 

CDC: COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens

The Science Behind COVID-19 Vaccines: Parent FAQs

American Academy of Pediatrics: About the COVID-19 Vaccine: Frequently Asked Questions

                                                                                                   

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