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Health officials take extra precaution for COVID cases in schools

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(WBNG) -- For contact tracing in schools, the Broome County Health Department starts in the classroom.

Department Director Rebecca Kaufman told 12 News Thursday if there's a positive case of COVID-19 during in-person learning, the department automatically quarantines the entire classroom.

From there, Kaufman said the department works to find out if the individual who is positive spent any time in a gym or cafeteria-like setting. If they did, anyone who spent time close to them will also be asked to quarantine.

Kaufman would not disclose if any of the positive cases so far spent time in school outside of their classroom.

She said prior planning with the districts has so far led to a relatively low, and expected number of cases.

"We knew when schools opened we would see cases," Kaufman said. "The virus is impossible to keep out of public places but we just do everything we can to reduce risk; we knew we would see some cases and so far they've been very manageable."

The Department of Health now has a website where you can search for COVID-19 information by district and school. Governor Andrew Cuomo says the website will be updated every 24 hours.

Josh Rosenblatt

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