Sauk Rapids Rice School District Reports One Positive COVID-19 Case

Sauk Rapids Rice School District Reports One Positive COVID-19 Case Click to Enlarge Photo: Steven Coursolle (KNSI)

(KNSI) - Just over one week into the new school year, Sauk Rapids-Rice reports one positive case of COVID-19 in the district.

Patient privacy prevents the district from directly identifying if it is an adult or student.

Superintendent Brad Bergstrom says it is someone in the Pleasantview community and says the district has a plan to prevent one case from spreading.

"If a child comes to school, and they are showing one or more of the more common symptoms, or two or more of the less common symptoms, everybody in the household will have to go home until such time as the quarantine time period has ended, which is 14 days, or there is an alternative diagnosis."

In a Facebook live video on the district's page, Bergstrom says people asked why there was no public announcement about the diagnosis. He says that's because the district will only communicate that with those they are told to.

"Those that have a right to know will be notified, and here's the thing to remember, if there was a case, and you weren't notified, that means that there's nothing to worry about. It's really as if you're out walking around in the community. There's no greater risk of exposure to that."

Bergstrom also took time during the video to praise the workers with Benton County Public Health, saying they did a great job in helping the district work through the process of notifying affected families because then public health officials need to start their work of contact tracing to see who has been impacted.

Bergstrom tells KNSI that "We're building the airplane as we fly it" and thanked the community and staff for helping everyone get through this time together.