The Yellow Springs Community Children’s Center announced Monday, November 8, that it was temporarily closing its doors for the second time in three months due to COVID-19.
In an email to parents and guardians on Monday morning, Executive Director Malissa Doster wrote that a child in one of the centre’s toddler rooms had tested positive for the virus. Doster said the child had not been at the center for the previous three days.
Responding to questions from the News, Doster said the center received a phone call from the student’s parents that morning, reporting the positive case.
In the initial email, Doster cited Greene County Public Health’s recommendation to keep the center closed for 10 days after a positive case was reported. However, in a second email sent to parents and guardians later today, Doster said the health department will allow the facility to reopen as early as Monday, November 15.
Doster said students and staff can return as long as they don’t have any of the following symptoms of COVID-19: fever / chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body pain, headache, news loss of taste or smell, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
In the meantime, the county health department will follow contact tracing procedures. According to Doster, staff and students who have been in close contact with the student – that is, who have been within six feet of the student for at least 15 minutes – will likely be notified by the GCPH with additional instructions.
“We’re doing our best with layered COVID protocols,” Doster told The News.
Earlier this year, an outbreak of positive cases among staff, students and parents forced the center to close from Monday August 23 through Friday September 3. Six children have withdrawn from the center due to the outbreak, according to Doster.
Currently, 72 students are enrolled in the Children’s Center, which employs 17 people. Doster refused to disclose the staff’s immunization status, citing medical confidentiality.
Most of the students enrolled at the Children’s Center are under 5 years old; currently, the United States Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend vaccination of children 5 years of age and older.
See the COVID-19 update on page 9 and on ysnews.com for more information on virus and vaccine eligibility.