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Presumed Positive COVID HHS
Presumed Positive COVID HHS
Jim Chasse
Sunday, November 22, 2020

COVID @ HHS

Dear Staff, Students, and Families,

This letter is to inform you that there is a presumed positive case of COVID-19  in our school community associated with Hermon High School.  We have reached out personally to anyone that we would consider to be a close contact so that they can quarantine.   

As the holiday week begins, please be aware of the uptick in cases in our area.

We are treating this as a confirmed case and informing you out of an abundance of caution.  Please monitor yourself/your student for signs and symptoms. Call a health care provider if symptoms start. It is important that you call a health care facility before you show up in person. Stay home if you are sick.

If you have questions please contact the school nurse or principal.  

Thank you,

Jim Chasse

Superintendent of Schools 

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COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that ranges from mild to severe. It can be more severe in adults 60 years and older and in those with underlying conditions. The virus mainly spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes and an uninfected person breathes in the virus. Signs and symptoms include:

  • fever or chills

  • cough

  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • fatigue

  • muscle or body aches

  • headache

   • new loss of taste or smell • sore throat • congestion or runny nose • nausea or vomiting

   • diarrhea

Please keep in mind that many things can cause respiratory illness, so students and staff should be up-to-date on influenza and routine vaccinations.

Maine CDC or a school representative will contact you directly if you are identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive.  In this case, we are also notifying you if you are a presumed close contact.  Close contacts will be asked to quarantine for 14 days from last exposure to the positive individual. A negative test result does not get an individual out of quarantine.

Maine CDC recommends prevention measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures include proper hand-washing with soap and warm water, which is especially important after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. When soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Questions for the school can be directed to our school nurse and or principal.  For general COVID-19 questions, dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695). You can also text your ZIP code to 898-211 or email info@211maine.org. Call a health care provider for questions about your symptoms. More information can be found at www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

-- JIm Chasse Superintendent of Schools Hermon School Department 31 Billings Road Hermon, ME 04402-6360 Tel: 207-848-4000   CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE:  This email message, including any attachments, is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information or otherwise protected by law.  Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited.  If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message