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Upper Peninsula Schools Are Seeing COVID Cases Hit – Baraga Area Schools Cancels For Monday

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is starting to see record highs almost daily of COVID-19 cases. With students coming together for school, colleges classes starting back up with people traveling into a small location, summer coming to an end (travelers from out of state) it’s starting to hit.

We’ve just learned that Baraga Area School in Baraga, Michigan is calling off school on Monday as they’ve learned of a positive COVID case.

First off.. We all wish whom tested positive nothing but the best.

The school posted this on social media:

A confirmed case of coronavirus, (COVID-19) has been identified at Baraga Area Schools. 

We are working closely with the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department to identify exposures and prevent further cases. The school feels it is in the best interest and safety of the staff, students, and community to close the building to students tomorrow, September 21, 2020, in order to allow for thorough contact tracing. 

The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are close contact with one another (within about 6 feet for at least 15 minutes). Illness begins 2 to 14 days after a person is exposed. 

The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. Symptoms can include:

Fever, cough, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, runny or stuffy nose, loss of taste or smell, abdominal pain. 

At this time close contacts with exposures have been notified separately and are following guidelines of WUPHD.

There are many things that can be done to keep our schools, homes, and communities “COVID-19 free” and protect ourselves and loved ones:

Children and adults should stay home when ill. 
Washing hands often with soap and running warm water for at least 20 seconds. 
If a hand washing station is not available, use hand sanitizer properly. Gels, rubs, and hand wipes work well against COVID-19 if they contain at least 60% alcohol. Throw wipes in the trash after use. 
Practice Good Respiratory Etiquette (cover a cough with elbow versus hand). 

If you have questions, please contact Western Upper Peninsula Health Department at (906) 482-7382.

If your child is identified as a close contact separate communication will be sent.

Additional information can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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