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Students Going To School Sick Cause COVID-19 Exposure, Quarantines In Douglas County

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Over the weekend and Monday, Douglas County Public Health has seen 61 new cases of COVID-19. This spike puts the county over the 500-mark for residents in isolation and quarantine.

The exponential growth in unrelated cases affects a wide number care facilities, workplaces and schools in all parts of Douglas County. Public Health Officer Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer said recent  outbreaks happened when people did their regular activities while ill.

“Case in point, we had a student who went back to school while they were still a little bit sick and they exposed many, many, many others,” he said. “So that they now had to spend over 700 days in quarantine among them.”

Dannenhoffer says 40 students are now in quarantine from this one incident. He adds the economic impact is significant --as 40 families must take time away from work to isolate and care for their students. His urgent message: “Stay home when you’re sick.

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Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer is Douglas Co. Public Health Officer. He pleads with adults to stay home from work if feeling ill and keep students out of school. One student with COVID-19 recently exposed 40 students who are all now in 15-day quarantine.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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