Corinna Dixmont Etna Hartland Newport Palmyra Plymouth St. Albans
PO Box 40 (182 Moosehead Trail) Telephone (207) 368-5091
Newport, ME 04953-0040 Fax (207) 368-2192
Mr. Michael Hammer, Superintendent of Schools
November 19, 2020
Dear Staff, Students, and Families,
This letter is to inform you that an individual associated with Nokomis Regional High recently tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). There is a possibility that other staff or students came in contact with this individual and therefore may be exposed to the virus. We are informing you out of an abundance of caution. Please monitor yourself/your student for signs and symptoms. Call a health care provider if symptoms start. It is important that you call a health care facility before you show up in person. Stay home if you are sick.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that ranges from mild to severe. It can be more severe in adults 60 years and older and in those with underlying conditions. The virus mainly spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes and an uninfected person breathes in the virus. Signs and symptoms include:
- •fever or chills • muscle or body aches • congestion or runny nose
- •cough • headache • nausea or vomiting
- •shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • new loss of taste or smell • nausea or vomiting
- •fatigue • sore throat • diarrhea
Please keep in mind that many things can cause respiratory illness, so students and staff should be up-to-date on influenza and routine vaccinations.
Due to the circumstances of this case, no one will be contacted, no one needs to be in quarantine and no one will be recommended to have a COVID-19 test
Maine CDC recommends prevention measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures include proper handwashing with soap and warm water, which is especially important after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. When soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Questions for the school can be directed to our School Nurse, Michelle Paradis, by calling (207) 368-4354. For general COVID-19 questions, dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695). You can also text your ZIP code to 898-211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Call a health care provider for questions about your symptoms. More information can be found at www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
Mike Hammer, Superintendent