Positive COVID-19 Case at BJHS

December 3, 2020

Dear Staff, Students, and Families:

This letter is to inform you that a member of the Brunswick Junior High School community has tested positive for Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). After communication with the Maine CDC, it was confirmed that there is no possibility of exposure to anyone at Brunswick Junior High School because the individual was last at school on Tuesday, November 24.

There is no need to complete contact tracing because students and staff members had no contact with the individual during the infectious period.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that ranges from mild to severe.  It can be more severe in adults 60 years and older and in those with underlying conditions.  The virus mainly spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and an uninfected person breathes in the virus.  Signs and symptoms include:

  • fever or chills new loss of taste or smell

  • cough sore throat

  • shortness of breath or difficult breathing congestion or runny nose

  • fatigue nausea or vomiting

  • muscle or body aches diarrhea

  • headache 

Maine CDC recommends prevention measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  These measures include proper handwashing with soap and warm water, which is especially important after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.  When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid close contact with people who are sick.  Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.  Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Questions for the school can be directed to:

 Principal Mandy Lewis  or, Jennifer Bowdish, School Nurse at 319-1930.  

For general COVID-19 questions, dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695).  You can also text your ZIP code to 898-211 or email info@211maine.org.  Call a health care provider for questions about your symptoms.  More information can be found at www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus  or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

Sincerely,

Phillip J. Potenziano, Ed.

Superintendent of Schools