NEW PHILADELPHIA Although the person with a confirmed case of coronavirus visited Buckeye Career Center on Feb. 22, school officials and the Tuscarawas County Health Commissioner said that the risk for students, staff and others there at the time "remains low, and the same as it is for the general public."
Buckeye Superintendent Bob Alsept provided the following message Saturday afternoon to all students via automated phone message and to staff by email.
"The confirmed coronavirus case announced by the Tuscarawas County Health Department (Saturday) was in our building on Feb. 22, 2020, for a Regional SKILLS competition," Alsept said about BCC in New Philadelphia. "To the best of my knowledge, that was the last visit to BCC. This person also had direct contact with a second individual, who was in our building the week of March 9-13. This second individual is under a mandatory quarantine until March 20, 2020. This second individual has not displayed any symptoms as of (Saturday). The following statement from the Tuscarawas County Health Department gives perspective to this contact."
Alsept called the message "an effort to maintain communication and transparency with all stakeholders."
County Health Commissioner Katie Seward stated health department personnel have "had direct communication with all known contacts of the confirmed case of COVID-19 in Tuscarawas County. The confirmed case may have had brief contact with students and staff at Buckeye Career Center on Feb. 22, however, the 14-day window for possible infection has already ended."
In a press conference Saturday afternoon, she said the confirmed case of coronavirus involves a 38-year-old man "who is recovering well."
In her message sent to Buckeye students and staff, Seward continued, "The risk of the students and staff contracting the virus remains low, and the same as it is for the general public. No actions need to be taken at this time. Please contact your healthcare provider via phone if you develop symptoms such as cough and fever. There is no need for testing at this time. In an effort to not overwhelm our local healthcare system, the message for the Buckeye Career Center community remains the same as it is for the general public. Testing should be reserved for those who develop severe symptoms that require medical attention.
"If you have questions or concerns, the Ohio Department of Health has a call center open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. and can be reached by calling 1-833-4-ASK-ODH"