Public School employee in Louisiana tests positive for COVID-19, officials say


ST. CHARLES PARISH, La. (WDSU) — A St. Charles Parish Public Schools employee tested positive for COVID-19, officials said.

The employee, who works at R.K. Smith Middle and New Sarpy Elementary schools, had not been on either campus since March 9.

According to a statement from the school district, the employee has been in quarantine at a hospital. Medical professionals have suggested that individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19 self-quarantine for at least two weeks.

The last time the employee, who was not identified, was on campus was 16 days ago.

Anyone who did have contact with the employee or someone with COVID-19 should monitor their health for 14 days to see if symptoms appear, including fever, cough and shortness of breath.

“I encourage everyone to please continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines, health and safety recommendations, and the governor’s stay-at-home order. The safety of our students, employees and families remain our top priority during this health emergency,” said Dr. Ken Oertling, St. Charles Parish Public Schools superintendent.

By WDSU Digital Team

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