North Shelby Has Three Active COVID-19 Cases; Works Hard with Health Department

September 08, 2020

By Thad Requet

Three confirmed cases of COVID-19 were discovered at North Shelby High School according to Shelby County Health Director Audrey Gough.

The three cases lead to the quarantine of the Junior Varsity Softball team and a good portion of the Freshman class.

“The three are at home recovering in isolation and their families are in quarantine. All three were symtomatic,” Gough said.

“All of the close contacts have been identified through the hard work and diligence by Superintendnet Kim Gaines and High School Principal Kerri Greenwell. They spent many hours into the early morinng figuring out who these kids were around and where they had been. They were measuring out distances and they were able to utilize seating charts in the classrooms and in the busses to identifiy all those who were in close contact,” Gough explained.

Late Thursday night into Friday, after the first case, they had the custodians put marks on the flooor to show where the desks were to be located to keep proper distance from each other. “They are making every effort to spread kids out in the classroom. They are also making plans to use both elementary and high school gyms to expand the cafetieries,” Gough said.

“I appreciate the hard work and efforts from Kim and Kerri, the coaches, administration, bus drivers and custodians all put into this,” she added.

In week one of the football season, a player on the opposing team playing against North Shelby had tested positive and they were able to work with both schools to figure out who all needed to be contacted. “The North Shelby kids were around this kid just amount of seconds, much less than the 15 minute time period,” Gough said.

When it comes to softball, the concern is the dugout. Gough said that regardless of if there is a facemask on or not, dugouts are considered close contacts. “Since the person in the dugout was symtomatic we had to put the entire junior varsity team in quarantine. This isn’t my rule, this is Federal and State guidelines. But if we feel we need to take steps we will do it,” she said.

Gough said parents have to ask the tough questions to their kids. Ask them how they are feeling and go through the list. Don’t wait for an outbreak at the school and then ask the tough questions. And the kids have to be honest, and this will help locate the spread better.

“It can snowball quickly and will lead to the district being shut down,” Gough said.