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COVID-19 Update 8-27-21
COVID-19 Update 8-27-21
Darren Hanna
Saturday, August 28, 2021

Covid-19 cases may be on the rise and it appears that this is an issue that is still with us.   It would be prudent to assume that there are positive cases in our community and in our schools. It is important to protect yourselves and others from the virus. 

First, closely monitor yourself and your family for the following symptoms:

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

Second, please do not send children to school if they have had a positive COVID-19 test or are symptomatic. 

At this time we are recommending not requiring face coverings.  This complies with the current Iowa Law.  

If you or someone in your family  have a positive test or are symptomatic the following is the most recent IDPH Guidance:

Positive COVID-19 Test Result/Symptoms related to COVID-19

  • Persons with confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis:

  1.  10 days after symptoms start and 24 hours with no fever and improved symptoms OR 10 days after positive test (if no symptoms).

(Iowa Department of Public Health and Human Services Guidance 5/14/21)

The link below is to the current ECSD Return to Learn Plan

Return to Learn Plan 2.0

Stay Safe, Stay Well!!!!!!!!


Darren D. Hanna

Superintendent of Schools

Emmetsburg Community School District