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Health Dept. to Hamburg High: 'Very low risk' of Covid-19 exposure on March 9

The Erie County Health Department said there was a "very low risk" of exposure to Covid-19 for those who were at Hamburg High School on March 9, according to a letter to the community by Hamburg Superintendent Michael R. Cornell.

Hamburg High on March 9 is among the list of places where Erie County residents who have tested positive for Covid-19 have traveled or visited.

Cornell relayed to the district that the health department said that the individual who tested positive for Covid-19 was at the school "all day on March 9" but that officials told him there is "a very low risk that you were exposed at Hamburg High School."

The health department advised those who were at Hamburg High on March 9 to monitor themselves for symptoms of the coronavirus disease (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath) until Monday, when the 14-day incubation period for the virus expires. Cornell said the health department told him those who experience symptoms should stay away from others and contact their health care provider.

Cornell said the health department is doing contact tracing and reaching out directly to anyone who had close contact with the person, and that process is "ongoing."

Cornell said that as of Wednesday, Hamburg High School was "completely cleaned, sanitized, and sealed."

Cornell said he was not notified by the Erie County Department of Health in advance of the public notification regarding Hamburg High.

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