North Hopkins Independent School District officials announced Tuesday an employee who was lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 was last present in North Hopkins ISD Thursday, Sept. 10. Due to privacy requirements, the district will not be releasing the name of the individual or details that may identify them.
North Hopkins ISD, along with local, state and county health officials have begun a case investigation and to contact any individuals determined to be in close contact with the infected individual. No students have been identified as close contacts to this employee. Staff who may have come into close contact have already been quarantined on precautionary measures, a statement released by the school read.
Individuals who are confirmed in close contact will remain off campus for up to 14 days to ensure they do not have the virus, so that there will not be any further spread.
NHISD requests anyone connected with the district watch for symptoms of COVID-19. Any of the following symptoms indicate a possible COVID-19 infection:
Temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher when taken by mouth;
Sore throat, loss of smell or taste;
New, uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (or, for students with a chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline);
Diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain; or
New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever.
Anyone of the NHISD community who begins experiencing any of these symptoms in a way that is not typical is encouraged to contact a physician. The district also requests anyone in the NHISD community who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 to notify the school at 903-945-2192, ext. 8011.