Jul 22, 2020 11:08 AM

Savannah schools suspend boy's sports in wake of positive COVID-19 test

Posted Jul 22, 2020 11:08 AM

By BRENT MARTIN

St. Joseph Post

Savannah public schools has suspended all boy’s athletics through the end of the month in wake of a student-athlete testing positive for COVID-19.

Savannah school officials say they have been working with the Andrew County Health Department to contact anyone who might have been in contact with the infected student. The decision to suspend athletics comes out of an abundance of caution, according to school officials.

The Andrew County Health Department believes it has talked with everyone identified as a close contact.

The Savannah school officials say COVID-19 is thought to be spread via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. The school district urges everyone to take the following preventive measures: 

  1. Stay home when you are sick
  2. Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds.
  3. Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don't have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
  4. As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
  5. Maintain at least 6 feet away from those who do not live with you or wear a face covering.

The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to regular seasonal influenza and allergies.  Symptoms may include but are not limited to fever, coughing, and shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sinus pressure, lethargy, loss of taste/smell, and in some cases has caused pneumonia.

Savannah R-3 District & the Andrew County Health Department are continuing to monitor this situation.