MESSAGE FROM THE SCIOTO COUNTY HEALTH COMMISSIONER
September 10, 2020
Dear Parents and School Community Members,
The Scioto County Superintendents of schools and the Scioto County Health Department met last month to discuss the readmission of ill children to school. We have taken a HARD line in order to prevent the introduction and transmission of COVID 19 into the schools.
If a child is ill with any of the symptoms suggesting COVID 19 (Chills, Rigors, sore throat, loss of smell or taste, myalgias, headache, cough, fever and shortness of breath, fatigue, congestion, runny nose, nausea vomiting or diarrhea) we will assume they have COVID 19 UNLESS another test is positive for a virus (aka a positive RVP panel) or bacterial infection (strep throat by culture or rapid testing). If they are positive for any of these, then they may return to school once fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication and a doctor’s excuse with the alternate medical diagnosis listed.
If they are negative for these tests, they will not be readmitted to school until they are 10 days out from initial symptoms and are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication. That is, we are assuming they are COVID 19 positive even if a test for COVID 19 is negative. (yes we want you to test for COIVD if needed as it will affect isolation and quarantine).
I understand these are not perfect guidelines but we want to do our best to prevent introduction and transmission of COVID 19 in the schools and community.
Thank you for you support and patience in this endeavor!
And remember masks, goggles and distancing work!
Dr. MICHAEL MARTIN. M.D.
1735 27th St Waller Bldg Siute 301
PORTSMOUTH OHIO 45662
July 27, 2020
To the concerned parents, guardians and students of Scioto County,
We are living in unprecedented times.
In the past we would, really without thinking of any ill effects, send our children to in person school. This year is different. With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across our nation and area, each parent, guardian, student and staff member needs to consider their personal risk of getting COVID-19. Currently there is a risk of severe illness for all, but the severity of that risk increases with age and other illness. Hospitalizations and death from COVID-19 increase with age. If you are over the age of 65, and are concerned about your exposure from a child bringing home this disease, please consider remote learning. If you are a parent or guardian over the age of 60 with any illnesses like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cancer, lung disease, kidney disease, please consider remote learning for your child.
As Health Commissioner of Scioto County, I have been and will continue to work closely with the superintendents of all county schools. However, we anticipate exposure and possible transmission of COVID-19 in our schools. We are doing all we can to prevent this but this virus is very difficult to stop. All of us are in possession of very powerful tools to prevent this virus. Wearing a mask, frequent hand washing and staying 6 feet part, STOP THIS VIRUS!
Therefore, I want everyone to seriously consider their personal risks and benefits of sending their children to school. If you decide that in person school is in the best interest of you and your children, PLEASE FOLLOW ALL THE GUIDELINES recommended by local school officials. I believe we can educate our children and prevent spread of this deadly virus but we need everyone to MASK UP, STAY 6 FEET APART, WASH HANDS OFTEN, and MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS.
These efforts are lifesaving!
Dr. Michael E. Martin M.D.
Scioto County Health Commissioner