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Another COVID-19 case reported at Fowler Elementary

Christian Burney
Fowler Tribune
Fowler School District was notified Monday that a second grader tested positive for COVID-19; close contacts of the student were notified and told to enter quarantine for 14 days from the onset of symptoms of the student.

Fowler School District Superintendent Alfie Lotrich said in a news release that the school district was notified Monday of a positive COVID-19 test from a patient in the school's second-grade classroom.

Current health procedures as described by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment require that close contacts of the student who tested positive quarantine for 14 days. Those close contacts have been notified, the superintendent said.

Lotrich reminded families that quarantined students and teachers are required to remain at home and may not attend school, school activities, childcare services or other activities around other people for the extent of their quarantine.

Students who have not been notified as close contacts of the student do not have to quarantine and are still able to attend school activities.

"No other individuals or classes are impacted and the rest of Fowler Elementary and all of the junior high and high school students will continue with in-person learning as usual," said Lotrich.

Lotrich said if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID, call Otero County Health Department at 719-468-8083.

On Oct. 29, Crowley/Otero Health Director Rick Ritter said in a news release that Crowley and Otero counties have moved into Safer at Home Level 2, meaning that restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings have become more stringent.

Under Safer at Home Level 2, indoor events are restricted to 50% room capacity, or 100 people, whichever is less, outdoor events are reduced to 50% venue capacity, or 175 people, whichever is less, and personal, social gatherings are limited to 10 people from no more than two households.

Also recommended or required under Safer at Home Level 2 is minimum social distancing of 6 feet between people who are not immediate household members, mask use and frequent and thorough hand washing.

For more information on Safer at Home Level 2 guidance, visit covid19.colorado.gov/data/covid-19-dial/covid-19-dial-dashboard.

On Friday, Ritter also redistributed a news release dated Friday from Prowers County Public Health and Environment about rising COVID-19 cases there.

"There are several new developments in our efforts to contain this COVID-19 pandemic:

We are now at 197 cases as of 2 p.m. today and now have 8 COVID-19-associated deaths," the news release states. "We are in Safer at Home Level 2. Capacities are reduced for events. If the state moves us to Level 3, we will have to go to hybrid learning or remote only."

As of Monday, state health officials reported on its COVID-19 dashboard that Prowers County Covid cases have climbed to 206.

In Otero County, the current case count is 185, 63 cases more than Ritter's report of 122 cases as of Oct. 23.

The nation at large has experienced another record-breaking number of recorded cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. On Friday, data the university released showed that the U.S. recorded 99,321 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, as reported by National Public Radio and other outlets. University data Monday showed that 81,493 new confirmed cases and 447 more deaths had been recorded that day.