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4J Employee Exposed to Virus, Students Not Considered at High Risk

Staff member exposed to COVID-19 did not have close contact with students

Eugene School District 4J is committed to sharing information about important issues affecting our families and community. We have learned that a 4J employee was exposed to coronavirus COVID-19 by close contact with a person with the illness.

Local public health officials say that no other staff members or students are considered to be exposed or at an elevated risk of contracting COVID-19. The exposed staff member did not have close contact with any students or staff.

On Tuesday, March 17, Lane County Public Health (LCPH) announced the first two cases of COVID-19 in Lane County. Part of the public health response includes contacting any person who may have been exposed to a known case of COVID-19. During its contact investigation, LCPH identified that a 4J staff member had been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19.

The staff member drove a small number of school bus routes on two days last week. The district has directly contacted the families of the students on those bus routes via email and phone message.

Public health officials do not consider any 4J students or staff to be exposed or at risk of contracting COVID-19 from this potential contact. People are considered exposed to COVID-19 if they had close contact–within 6 feet for an hour or more–with a known case. The exposed 4J staff member did not have close contact with any students or staff.

Eugene School District 4J, in collaboration with Lane County Public Health, is notifying parents and the public about this potential contact point in an abundance of caution and a spirit of open communication.

Any parent or staff member who is concerned about this potential contact, has questions, or would like to talk with a Lane County Communicable Disease nurse, may call 541-682-1380. When calling, identify yourself as a concerned 4J parent or staff member and you will be directed to a nurse who can work with you on next steps.

We appreciate our community’s compassion for people affected by this illness and their understanding in this challenging time.

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