Two COVID cases at Spring Lake Heights Elementary School

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SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS — Two members of the Spring Lake Heights Elementary School community have now tested positive for COVID-19, Superintendent John Spalthoff confirmed Wednesday.

The first case had been confirmed in a letter to parents last week and prompted a quarantine protocol for about 25 students and staff as well as a disinfection and cleansing of the school building.

Late Tuesday evening, a second case was confirmed. In both cases, Mr. Spalthoff has declined to say whether the individuals infected are students, teachers or other staff members at the school.

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Those who were asked to quarantine were notified individually by the school when it learned the news, and provided with a virtual schedule for the upcoming week. As of Wednesday, a total of 27 individuals in the Heights community were self-quarantining because of possible exposure to the infected individuals.

Discussing the first case on Monday, Mr. Spalthoff told The Coast Star: “We were notified after school hours on Thursday evening [Oct. 8] and immediately began working with the [Monmouth County Regional] Health Commission and notifying families of students who we believed were in close contact with the positive individual,” 

Contacted again on Wednesday, Mr. Spalthoff said the same notification procedure was being followed for the second case.

In his letter to parents, Mr. Spalthoff called the situation “fluid” and urged continued monitoring of children and compliance with CDC guidelines for minimizing the spread of coronavirus.

“While disappointed that we have a positive, we are pleased that the process and protocols put in place here in SLH in conjunction with the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission were effective.”

For more on this story, read next week's edition of The Coast Star—on newsstands Thursday or online in our e-Edition.

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