COVID-19 arrives in Wauneta

Nine months after the first reported case in the U.S., the worst pandemic in a century has come to Wauneta.
    Wauneta-Palisade School Superintendent Randy Geier confirmed Thursday that a student at the high school had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
    That student was put into home quarantine. In fact, Geier said, there are nine students in quarantine, but only one of those is the diagnosed case. The rest are contacts.
    The district found out about the positive test Wednesday afternoon, Geier said. An automated call was sent out to all parents of students Wednesday night, informing them of a positive test and telling them to call with any questions.
    As a move to aid in contact tracing, Geier said, classrooms have common seating charts — as much as possible, given rooms’ differing sizes and configurations — so that should keep down the possible spread.
    “That’s where we were fortunate that we had such a small number of students affected,” Geier said.

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