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East Grand Rapids High School reports 4 COVID-19 cases

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Posted at 6:03 PM, Oct 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-25 18:36:50-04

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — East Grand Rapids High School is reporting four cases of COVID-19.

The school's administration was notified yesterday of three cases: one coach and two students.

This evening, the district learned of a third high school student with the virus and decided to go fully virtual on Monday and Tuesday "as a precautionary measure."

SEE MORE: East Grand Rapids High School temporarily implements full virtual learning

The announcements were made this evening by East Grand Rapids Public Schools in two letters to families by Superintendent Heidi Kattula.

Working with the Kent County Health Department, the district determined the coach did not have any "close contacts" or people they were within six feet of for longer than 15 minutes, Kattula says. The families of athletes were notified of possible exposure.

In two student cases, the district contacted close contacts and described the process moving forward, including a 14-day quarantine, and notified any teams or classes where one or both of the students were present.

Kattula says that due to the "prompt notification of the cases," the district was able to conduct contract tracing and notify families before learning on Monday.

The district will now conduct contact tracing on the third student case.

"We encourage continued diligence among our staff, students and parents for staying home when feeling sick, wearing a mask, washing hands and maintaining social distancing in our personal lives," Kattula says.

On Oct. 12, the state reported that the district's Breton Downs Elementary reported two cases of COVID-19: one being a student and one being a staff member.

SEE MORE: District's letter to families on high school cases

SEE MORE: District's update to families on high school cases