Wyandotte County reported an additional 23 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, for a cumulative total of 7,416, according to the UG COVID-19 webpage. There were no additional deaths reported, for a cumulative total of 134. (From UG COVID-19 webpage)
Bishop Ward High School will change to all-remote learning for 14 days because of three positive COVID-19 student tests, according to Jay Dunlap, Bishop Ward president.
He said the private high school in Kansas City, Kansas, has been in hybrid learning since Sept. 8, just after Labor Day.
Because of positive tests of the three students, there were some faculty members in close enough contact that they needed to quarantine for 14 days, he said.
Because it’s very hard to find substitute teachers these days, everyone will move to total online learning for the next two weeks, he said.
Dunlap said all of the teachers, even though they have been in the classroom, have been sharing their lessons online because they made that option available to the families from the start.
A third of the students have been online-only the entire time this semester, while the other two-thirds alternate days in the classroom with days at home, he added.
Dunlap said the school will make the transition “seamlessly” the next two weeks while the teachers quarantine.
“We’ve set up to make this transition if we had to,” he added.
Bishop Ward had a football game scheduled with Baldwin that was canceled on Thursday evening. Dunlap said it was the day that they had sent students home, and coaches thought the students might be so distracted they wouldn’t be able to play well.
Dunlap said while two of the students who tested positive were on sports teams, there was no indication that the spread happened among the athletes or at a sporting event.
Athletic practices are scheduled to resume on Monday, and they hope to resume play next Friday, he said.
The three students who tested positive are less than one percent of the total student number, he added.
Janell Friesen, a spokesman for the Unified Government Health Department, said the Health Department has been working with the school. The Health Department is available to help schools with guidance and to help school nurses with contact tracing.
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Special testing planned for Oak Grove Elementary School
Oak Grove Elementary School in the Turner school district announced on Thursday that it would return to all-online learning for two weeks, also, because of COVID-19. At Oak Grove, three staff members and four students tested positive for COVID-19, with 100 students exposed.
Friesen said a special COVID-19 testing event will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, for students, families and staff in the Turner school district. The testing will be at the Oak Grove parking lot at 5340 Oak Grove Road, Kansas City, Kansas.
Other members of the community who live or work in Wyandotte County can get tested at the usual testing site, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday – Friday at the UG Health Department, 619 Ann Ave., Kansas City, Kansas.
See earlier Oak Grove story at http://wyandottedaily.com/oak-grove-school-to-return-to-online-learning-for-two-weeks-because-of-covid-19-cases/.
There are more than 10 schools listed as having COVID-19 cases, some with student cases and some with staff cases. A map of school COVID-19 cases in Wyandotte County is online at https://wyandotte-county-covid-19-hub-unifiedgov.hub.arcgis.com/.
Also, Kansas City Kansas Community College has its own webpage showing where COVID-19 cases are at the college, at https://www.kckcc.edu/communications/covid19/covid-19-case-notifications.html.
COVID-19 case numbers
Wyandotte County reported an additional 23 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, for a cumulative total of 7,416, according to the UG COVID-19 webpage. There were no additional deaths reported, for a cumulative total of 134.
The Kansas City Region COVID-19 Resource Hub reported 47,916 total cumulative COVID-19 cases on Saturday in the nine-county Kansas City area. The average daily new deaths in the Kansas City area have increased to 4.1 per day this week as compared to 2.4 per day last week, according to the regional hub. The COVID-19 hospitalization totals in the Kansas City area also are increasing, according to the regional hub.
On Friday, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported 65,807 total cumulative cases in Kansas, an increase of 1,855 cases since Wednesday. There were 763 total deaths reported, a statewide increase of 41 since Wednesday.
More information about testing is at https://wyandotte-county-covid-19-hub-unifiedgov.hub.arcgis.com/pages/what-to-do-if-you-think-you-have-covid-19.
The KDHE’s COVID-19 webpage is at https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/.
The UG COVID-19 webpage is at https://alpha.wycokck.org/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Information.
The KC Region COVID-19 Hub dashboard is at https://marc2.org/covidhub/.
The CDC’s COVID-19 webpage is at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.