I am thankful to report that PHSD remains in a stable position with regard to COVID-19. While our total case count since March 13, 2020 is now at 24 as of this moment, there are several key points to consider:
- 1 of these cases (our 1st at PHSD) dates back to July.
- 8 of these cases involve individuals who have not been onsite at PHSD since March. These individuals remain in our case count due to their PHSD affiliation (student, employee, and/or approved volunteer).
- 1 of these case involved a part-time affiliate whom the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) confirmed was not onsite during his/her infectious period.
Specific to the post-Halloween period that resulted in a major surge in COVID-19 across Allegheny County and beyond, the following PHSD cases are confirmed from November 1, 2020 through this morning:
- PHHS: 7 (3 of these cases involved PHSD affiliates who have not been onsite at PHSD since March.)
- Linton: 1 (This PHSD affiliate has not been onsite at PHSD since March.)
- PHE: 4 (1 of these cases involved a PHSD affiliate who has not been onsite at PHSD since March.)
- PHSD: 3 (1 of these cases involved a part-time PHSD affiliate who was not onsite at PHSD during his/her infection period.)
I am thankful that, to date, PHSD affiliates who have tested positive for COVID-19 have either had no symptoms or have fully recovered with no complications. I am also thankful that our COVID-mitigation strategies at PHSD remain effective. However, I am most thankful for the overwhelming cooperation and support we continue to receive from our students, families, and employees who are exercising safe practices in the home and while onsite at PHSD and who are not coming onsite at PHSD when they are experiencing COVID-like symptoms and/or when they suspect they may have been exposed.
I encourage EVERYONE in our PH Family to remain vigilant with wearing masks, washing hands, and maintaining safe distances, especially during the upcoming holiday, so we may continue to offer a safe learning environment for our students and a safe working environment for our employees. PLEASE also be mindful of current travel restrictions that are in place, along with strong recommendations to remain at home over Thanksgiving.
Pending local conditions, we expect our PHSD Thanksgiving Break to begin after end of business on Wednesday, November 25, and we hope to resume school in our current format as of Tuesday, December 1. Should there be a recommendation received over the Thanksgiving Break from our local PH and/or Allegheny County health experts to alter this current plan, I will notify members of our PH Family accordingly.
I wish EVERYONE continued good health and a peaceful holiday break. As always, you should not hesitate to reach out to me directly with questions and/or concerns.