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4J Employee Confirmed to Have COVID-19

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Eugene School District 4J is committed to sharing information about important issues affecting our families and community. Lane County Public Health has reported that a 4J staff member who was exposed to coronavirus COVID-19 has been tested and confirmed as having the virus. The staff member did not have close contact with any students.

The staff member drove a small number of school bus routes the week before schools were closed. When the employee was found to have been exposed to the virus, the district notified all 4J families, and directly contacted the families of students assigned to the bus routes by email, text and phone message.

Public health officials say that students who rode these bus routes did not have what is considered to be close contact with the exposed employee, and as such, they are still at low risk of contracting COVID-19 from this staff member.

Public health officials consider a person to be exposed to COVID-19 if they had close contact with a known case—within 6 feet for an hour or more. “Close contact” does not mean walking by someone on a sidewalk or in a hallway; rather, it requires contact with another person within about 6 feet, making it easier to pass respiratory droplets that are produced when a person coughs or sneezes.

Nevertheless, in a great abundance of caution in this extraordinary public health circumstance, public health officials are recommending that students who rode these bus routes stay home, self-isolate and self-monitor for the next few days, until 14 days after the potential exposure. Families of students assigned to these routes again have been contacted directly.

If you have questions or concerns and would like to talk with a Lane County Communicable Disease nurse, please call 541-682-1380.

Thank you for your understanding and compassion for people affected by this illness, including this member of our 4J family. We share your concerns about this news, which is a sign of how COVID-19 is spreading in local communities in Oregon.

Everyone is asked to take additional precautions to stay healthy and limit the spread of illness.

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