Confirmed COVID-19 Case At Southwest High School

Confirmed COVID-19 Case At Southwest High School

 Lincoln Public Schools reports there is a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 at Southwest High School.  A message was sent to families as part of their protocol when there is a positive case.
In addition to this message, LPS also sent a message to the Freshmen Football Team players who have been identified as close high-risk contacts.
The following message was sent to families:
Following our protocols, we are writing to inform you there is a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 at Southwest. Since we have been notified of the positive result, we continue to follow our protocols and work with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department on the contact tracing process. Through that process, anyone identified as a close, high-risk contact with the positive case will be called directly and given instructions on next steps.
Please note: If you are not directly called, then you are not considered a high-risk close contact. If you have any questions, please contact the LLCHD at (402) 441-8006 or your healthcare provider.
Due to privacy rules and regulations, the name of the person affected will not be released. We will continue to collaborate with LLCHD and follow their guidelines regarding the safety of students and staff.
COVID-19 is a contagious virus and spreads through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. As a reminder, the health department recommends everyone should be wearing face coverings, self-screening and monitoring for symptoms while in the community or at school. Should you develop or currently have any COVID-19 symptoms or answer yes to any of the questions below, please stay home and contact your healthcare provider.
Do you have any of the following?
  • Fever of over 100.4
  • Onset of shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New onset of dry cough
  • New onset of loss of taste or smell
  • Chills longer than two hours
  • Congestion and/or runny nose
  • Nausea, Vomiting or Diarrhea
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle Pain
Should your child develop or currently have any of the noted symptoms, keep your child at home and contact your healthcare provider, letting your provider know of a possible exposure to COVID-19. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, they should not return to school for 10 days from the onset of symptoms and be symptom-free for 72 hours without the use of medication.
In addition, if your child has had close contact with someone positive for COVID-19, or has been directed to self-isolate due to a positive COVID-19 result or for having contact with someone with COVID-19, please keep your child home.
If you have any questions, please contact the school.
Mike Gillotti
Principal
Lincoln Southwest High School
402-436-1306