Information provided by the South Plains Public Health District
BROWNFIELD, Texas (KCBD) - South Plains Public Health District Confirms First Case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Terry County.
The case was not acquired in Terry County. The Health District is working to identify recent contacts of the patient.
Meadow ISD administration was informed this morning, March 23rd, that one of its employees has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
Although the employee has not been physically present on school grounds since Friday, March 13th, officials have determined to close all activity at the school for the next seven days for the safety of our employees and students. This time will allow for anyone exposed to the virus to determine whether they are symptomatic and to seek the advice and care of their healthcare professionals.
Consequently, unless directed otherwise by the superintendent of schools, no staff, students, or parents should come to the school for any reason until Monday, March 30, 2020. The District has contacted local health officials regarding this confirmed test, and they advise Due to the small size of our campus, everyone on school grounds during the week of March 9th should monitor themselves and their family members for symptoms of the virus and consider self-quarantine.
More information regarding how the COVID-19 virus spreads and its symptoms may be found on the CDC’s website located at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html.
The District is currently assessing the revised timetable for instructing its staff in distance learning techniques and for the delivery of remote instruction. At a minimum, teacher training, student remote instruction, and meal services will be postponed for one week.
The superintendent will communicate with parents and staff through the District’s Thrillshare App and the District’s website should this period need to be extended and to provide ongoing information as it becomes available. Please make it part of your routine to check the website and the App frequently for additional information.
This step identifies potential exposure risks. The South Plains Public Health District and other response agencies are prepared and have employed standard response plans designed to address and resolve public health issues.
The District will continue monitoring individuals as indicated by the CDC. The District’s disease surveillance team will continue working diligently to ensure the public remains at a low risk of contracting COVID-19.The South Plains Public Health District and our health care partners will continue to monitor COVID-19 in the Brownfield area to prepare for the possibility of more local cases. Please continue to follow proper hygiene recommendations and social distancing practices.