Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff, and Community Members,
This message is to inform you that we have identified a confirmed COVID-19 case of an individual associated with Westbrook High School. The school is working closely with our Westbrook Health Director, Zach Faiella. It has been determined that there is no additional exposure to students or staff attending our schools.
Due to legal considerations, we cannot provide any additional information to you about the identity of the individual who tested positive. We ask that you continue to encourage your children to practice good hand-washing hygiene, wear face masks in the proper manner, and practice social distancing.
In regard to COVID-19 testing, the Town is actively working to bring a testing site to Westbrook. For the latest testing information, please visit the United Way of CT 211 website.
On this website, you can choose different testing options, such as Rapid Testing, Pediatric Testing, Asymptomatic Testing, and Walk-Up Sites. Specific businesses/organizations who are holding testing sites, include:
· CVS in Clinton, Old Saybrook, Guilford, East Lyme, Niantic, Waterford, Middletown, and Cromwell.
The CVS website for Testing registration is: https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing
· Community Health Center, Inc is offering testing on a number of days in different Towns such as Old Saybrook, Portland, and Middletown.
Community Health Center’s COVID Testing Hotline can be reached at 475-241-0740
Community Health Center’s Testing website is: https://www.chc1.com/covid-19-testing/
We would also like to emphasize the 3 key steps to take regarding testing and what you and your family should do when waiting for your results.
1. Stay home and monitor your health.
A. If you’ve been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you must stay home and away from others for 14 days after your last close contact with that person. Refrain from attending school, work, sport activities, or gatherings.
B. If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay home and away from others (except to get medical care).
C. If you are not sick with symptoms of COVID-19 and you cannot stay home while you wait for your test results, you should wear a mask when out in public and avoid gatherings with people who are not in your immediate household, are over 65 years old, or have medical conditions that place them at increased risk for COVID-19.
2. Think about the people you have recently been around. See attached CDC document, where you can create a list of people and activities you’ve participated in recently. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/3key-steps-when-waiting-for-COVID-19-results_508.pdf
3. Answer the phone call from the Health Department. Discussions with Health Department staff are confidential and are critical in controlling COVID-19 in our community.
If you or a family member start to exhibit symptoms of the COVID-19 (fever, shortness of breath, coughing, new loss of taste or smell, headache, chills, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, for example), please reach out to your physician and inform your child’s school nurse. If you would like further information on COVID-19, please go to the Westbrook Public Schools website at www.westbrookctschools.org or to the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
Our students’ safety is our highest priority. We appreciate your support as we work through this challenging time together.
Westbrook Director of Health