“So when none of us up here are doctors … I, and I assume probably all of council, are going to rely tremendously on our health director,” Stone said. “So if something changes and things go the wrong direction and she recommends action, then I think we will probably jump on board and help her with her action she needs to take.”
Any action the county needs to take regarding the coronavirus, Stone said should come from the authority of the health director, rather than council passing an ordinance any time there is a call to action.
“In my opinion, and this is purely personal, that’s where the initiative needs to be — it needs to be with that health director,” Stone said.
The department also addressed food service safety, as all districts will offer food services to students.
“In addition to addressing social distancing issues, food security also plays an important role as plans and decisions are being developed,” stated the release. “The logistical challenges of successfully feeding all students and school staff will likely vary between each school.”
A “Sample COVID-19 Letter” was also provided in the guidance.
“Each school district needs to develop an individualized plan in the event that a positive COVID-19 case is identified or if a suspect case is identified,” says the release.
Steps laid out for the instance of a positive COVID-19 test include immediately isolating the individual if they are present in the school building, establishing procedures for safely transporting anyone with severe symptoms to a health care facility, identifying and closing areas of the building where the individual spent more than 30 minutes and finally, working with GCPH to determine if a school closure is warranted.
The complete guidance packet can be viewed on the GCPH website at gcph.info.