Third Case of COVID-19 Confirmed at Salina Middle School

SALINA – A Salina middle school has confirmed its third case of COVID-19.

According to USD 305’s COVID-19 incidents page, a new case was confirmed late Tuesday at South Middle School. The school also confirmed cases on September 11 and September 16.

The district confirmed new cases earlier on Tuesday at Heusner, Meadowlark Ridge and Stewart Elementary Schools.

Overall, there have now been 13 cases at Salina schools. They include:

  • One positive test at South Middle School – September 22, 2020
  • One positive test at Heusner Elementary School – September 22, 2020
  • One positive test at Meadowlark Ridge Elementary School – September 22, 2020
  • One positive test at Stewart Elementary School – September 22, 2020
  • One positive test at South High School – September 21, 2020
  • One positive test at Meadowlark Ridge Elementary School – September 20, 2020
  • One positive test at Central High School – September 20, 2020
  • One positive test at Meadowlark Ridge Elementary School – September 17, 2020
  • One positive test at Lakewood Middle School – September 16, 2020
  • One positive test at South Middle School – September 16, 2020
  • One positive test at South Middle School – September 11, 2020
  • One positive test at Central High School – September 4, 2020
  • One positive test at Coronado Elementary School – September 3, 2020

The district is posting any confirmed report of a USD 305 student or staff member with a positive COVID-19 test result, but is not releasing any additional information regarding those individuals.

Once the district learns of a COVID-19 incident they will:

  • Consult with Saline County Health Department (SCHD)
  • Contact trace within Salina Public Schools to determine close contacts
  • Work with the Saline County Health Department to ensure affected individuals and others are notified and given directions
  • Continue enhanced cleaning and disinfecting practices
  • Follow any additional recommendations from SCHD
  • They will not include positive test results when there was no exposure at school.

Close contact is defined as anyone who has been closer than 6 feet for longer than 10cumulative minutes.

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