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COVID-19 outbreak at prison increases counties cases

COVID-19 outbreak at prison increases counties cases

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COVID-19 outbreak at prison increases counties cases

As of Oct. 6, the 14-day COVID-19 positivity rate for Page County stood at 23.5%.

During the Page County Board of Supervisors meeting Oct. 6, Page County Public Health Administrator Jessica Erdman said officials are monitoring an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Clarinda Correctional Facility. She said 33 inmates at the facility had tested positive for COVID-19, and the state would be sending in a strike team this week to do mass testing at the prison.

Erdman said Page County Public Health had also discussed the current positivity rate with schools in the county and what that meant in regards to moving to remote learning.

“We feel at this point the school districts aren’t there,” said Erdman. “We’re fully aware that our positivity rate is 23.5%, but if you factor in the prison. Those inmates have nothing to do with our schooling, so we are not even close to discussing having to go to remote learning yet in the majority of the schools in the county.”

On Oct. 5, the Clarinda Lutheran School transitioned to a remote learning program due to recent positive cases of COVID-19 among students and staff. School officials plan to resume onsite classes Oct. 15.

As of Oct. 6, there have been 2,875 individuals tested for COVID-19 in the county. There are a total of 257 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 215 of those recovered.

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