Surprise, Surprise... COVID Contacts after Thanksgiving... great!

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Specializes in Cardiology, School Nursing, General. Has 5 years experience.

k1p1ssk, BSN, RN

Specializes in pediatrics, school nursing. Has 10 years experience.

We went remote last week through at least the end of this week due to our county's incidence rate rising. I am really hoping we stay closed next week as well, as I just got word of my school's first Turkey-Day related COVID cases (1 in my school, sib at the high school), and I'm sure there will be more. 

BrisketRN, BSN, RN

Has 4 years experience.

56 minutes ago, Flare said:

That stinks!  Speedy recovery!!  Is your school open?  Did they have to scramble to get you a sub?  

Yes the school is still open & they managed to get a sub.  I have no idea how!

SchoolNurseK, BSN, RN

Specializes in Geriatric Home Health, High School Nurse. Has 19 years experience.

Q'd 68 kids over Thanksgiving break with 67 of them being on Thanksgiving day.  Not the rest I had hoped for!  

Just had to reach out to one family because they called their q'd kid in because he had his eyes dilated and couldn't see to attend eLearning.  I cannot even.  It doesn't matter how much information I send out, I feel like people still do whatever they want.  It is super frustrating!

23 hours ago, BrisketRN said:

Unfortunately, I have now tested positive despite taking all precautions. 

I am so sorry you're sick. Sending hugs.

ruby_jane, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing. Has 12 years experience.

On 12/1/2020 at 10:44 AM, Flare said:

, I began a mental "pool" of how long this will last.  I say a week and a half

I'm laughing but it's not funny. I heard a parent say "Well it's running through our school but it's a good thing. Best to get it over with."

Fortunately she was not in conversation with me. 

JenTheSchoolRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in School nursing.

To add to this thread - interesting data. Did surveillance testing of 76 folks - about 65% staff, 35% students on Monday.

PCR test. 4 positives. All asymptomatic at time of test. 5.2%. Which was actually very representative of my state's positivity rate right now.

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k1p1ssk, BSN, RN

Specializes in pediatrics, school nursing. Has 10 years experience.

2 hours ago, JenTheSchoolRN said:

To add to this thread - interesting data. Did surveillance testing of 76 folks - about 65% staff, 35% students on Monday.

PCR test. 4 positives. All asymptomatic at time of test. 5.2%. Which was actually very representative of my state's positivity rate right now.

Waaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh

JoJoGo

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 29 years experience.

I wish we could do some surveillance testing. The health department says it may be coming, but it's probably not going to be soon enough to do any good here. We've got our K-8 population in the building, but 9-12 is remote and their mental health is in the toilet. I'm very over Covid right along with all of the rest of the US. Press on, friends! 

Mavnurse17, BSN, RN

Has 4 years experience.

On 12/1/2020 at 9:23 AM, ruby_jane said:

We are deliberately and definitively NOT virtual. And the over/under for us having to close (I base this on how many nurses were in "the COVID room yesterday upon return)...is probably next Wednesday. I'll let you know.

Ruby, I know that we are in relatively the same geographical area so I can attest to the fact that our areas are stubbornly refusing to close again.  A leader in my district said there's virtually (no pun intended) no scenario in which we close down again.  Sad as our cases are surging, we have so many staff out isolated or quarantined, and it's only projected to get worse.  Yet, we're still full steam ahead.  

JenTheSchoolRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in School nursing.

3 hours ago, JoJoGo said:

I wish we could do some surveillance testing. The health department says it may be coming, but it's probably not going to be soon enough to do any good here. We've got our K-8 population in the building, but 9-12 is remote and their mental health is in the toilet. I'm very over Covid right along with all of the rest of the US. Press on, friends! 

Right now ours is a with the very small group we have in person. But we do want to ramp it up and likely doubling number with the testing continuing in January.

I will say this: it is so much work. But at the same time, I had results in front of me in less than 24 hours (including my own) and was speaking to people that had tested positive soon after even before any of them had any significant symptoms. This is way faster than any state or local DPH contact tracer. And the results get sent to the state database for me, which is great.

But it makes me what I call the "bad news bear" of school right now. No phone call folks get from me is really a good one. And that was a bit trying this week. But it is part of what being in healthcare during a pandemic is.

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SchoolNurseK, BSN, RN

Specializes in Geriatric Home Health, High School Nurse. Has 19 years experience.

1 hour ago, Mavnurse17 said:

A leader in my district said there's virtually (no pun intended) no scenario in which we close down again.  Sad as our cases are surging, we have so many staff out isolated or quarantined, and it's only projected to get worse.  Yet, we're still full steam ahead.  

It's the same here in Florida.  Our governor told us we will NOT be closing.  I am so torn because I know the kids do better here, but then we have a community that does not act like it is important by the way they conduct their day to day lives.  I am so frustrated with the position it puts all of us in every single day.

1 hour ago, Mavnurse17 said:

Sad as our cases are surging, we have so many staff out isolated or quarantined, and it's only projected to get worse.

How do they manage with so many staff out?  That is my fear here-there is no way they can find enough subs to cover.

Mavnurse17, BSN, RN

Has 4 years experience.

14 minutes ago, MHDNURSE said:

How do they manage with so many staff out?  That is my fear here-there is no way they can find enough subs to cover.

They're merging classrooms (unsafe and goes against having only x amount of kids in a class, but they do what they can I guess) and trying to stretch the teachers that are still hanging in there.