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Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Cases in MCS

Last Updated: 10/12/2020 4:04 PM

October 12, 2020

Two linked, positive cases of COVID-19 for students from the same household who attend in-person instruction were confirmed over the weekend by the Montgomery County Health Department. One case is at Northview and one is at McNabb. After contact tracing was completed it was determined by the health department that no staff or students outside the household were direct contacts so no one else needed to be quarantined.  These are our first confirmed cases for students who have attended in-person instruction.

As a reminder, any student who tests positive or is placed on quarantine will not return to school until the Montgomery County Health Department has determined they meet all guidelines to return.

The Montgomery County Health Department follows the Center for Disease Control’s guidelines for isolation and quarantine procedures. An individual who has been within six feet for at least 15 minutes, regardless of mask wearing, is considered a contact. A contact to a confirmed COVID-19 case must quarantine for 14 days following the last exposure to the confirmed case.   

It is important that we understand we will encounter cases of COVID-19 throughout this school year.  We should not panic but instead learn how to better mitigate and live with COVID-19 in schools, athletics, and society.  We must be aware at all times and ensure that we are wearing masks at all times, practicing social distancing at all times, and washing our hands often.   


September 4, 2020

A staff member at McNabb Middle School self-reported a confirmed case of COVID-19 this afternoon, September 4, 2020 from a rapid COVID-19 test. The district is working with the Montgomery County Health Department to determine if there is the need for anyone else at the school to quarantine.  At this time we are aware of four other staff members who will need to quarantine.  However, the total number of individuals needing to quarantine may be updated when the Montgomery County Health Department completes official contact tracing. The staff member last worked on September 4, and will not return until the Montgomery County Health Department has determined they meet all guidelines to return. 

The Montgomery County Health Department follows the Center for Disease Control’s guidelines for isolation and quarantine procedures. An individual who has been within six feet for at least 15 minutes, regardless of mask wearing, is considered a contact. A contact to a confirmed COVID-19 case must quarantine for 14 days following the last exposure to the confirmed case. 

This is our first confirmed case since we began the 2020-2021 school year for students on Monday, August 31, 2020.  It is important that we understand we will encounter cases of COVID-19 throughout this school year.  We should not panic but instead learn how to better mitigate and live with COVID-19 in schools, athletics, and society.  We must be aware at all times and ensure that we are wearing masks at all times, practicing social distancing at all times, and washing our hands often.   

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