Winifred school closed due to employee testing positive for COVID-19

Posted at 9:56 AM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 12:24:31-04

GREAT FALLS — School in Winifred in Fergus County is closed this week due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19.

Winifred Public Schools said in a news release that they were notified on Saturday, October 3rd, of the positive case.

School will remain closed until Monday, October 12, and students will engage in remote learning this week. Students may come to the school on Monday, October 5, at 1 p.m. to pick up supplies and Chromebooks. Any student who has been contact-traced will not be allowed at the school. Alternate arrangements will be made with those students.

All school activities for the week have been canceled and/or rescheduled.

The news release says that staff and students were in contact with the employee during the period of possible exposure; the employee last worked in person-to-person contact with fellow staff and students on Thursday, October 1st, two days prior to the diagnosis.

As of Monday morning, there has been a cumulative total of 76 cases of COVID-19 in Fergus County, according to the official state website. Of those, 60 are listed as recovered, 15 are currently active, and one person has died.