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Spring Cove seeing rise in COVID cases

ROARING SPRING — Forty-four COVID-19 cases have been reported across the district over the last two weeks, Superintendent Betsy Baker told the Spring Cove School Board Tuesday.

“COVID cases in our community have been surging over the past two weeks, and we are seeing a similar rise in cases in our schools,” Baker said. “Hopefully this is a short-term post-holiday surge and we will see a change in this trend soon.”

The 44 reported cases have required the district to contact and provide exclusion instructions to 513 parents, according to Baker.

Contact tracing is currently a full-time job for the district’s nurses and administrators and takes time, Baker said.

“In addition, we are currently short-staffed, so everyone has to work harder,” Baker said.

Despite the surge in cases, Baker highlighted the fact that the district has been able to gradually reduce restrictions. She stated that Spring Cove schools have been open every day this academic school year, spectators have been allowed at events, volunteers are allowed in the schools and band and chorus concerts have been held.

“Every effort is being made to provide students with as much normalcy as possible,” Baker said.

Following these updates, the board unanimously approved a mandatory six-month review of the district’s health and safety plan that reflects no changes.

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