Person who attended Salem-Keizer School Board meeting tests positive for Covid

A person who attended a Salem-Keizer School Board meeting on Aug. 10 has tested positive for Covid, the district announced Saturday.

The district shared few details about the case, but said three other people were exposed to the person with Covid. All three received phone calls to inform them, and none were members of the public, according to a district statement.

“The positive case and those exposed were adhering to all COVID-19 health and safety protocols, which limits exposure,” the district statement said.

Those exposed to Covid have been vaccinated against the virus and are not required to quarantine unless they show symptoms of illness, the district said.

It’s the first such notification since the district resumed in-person school board meetings in the spring, and reopened the boardroom to the public in July.

Sadly, COVID-19 impacts us all daily and this case only shows the importance of following the recommended health and safety protocols such as vaccination, wearing a face covering, hand washing, and maintaining three feet of physical distance. These layers of protection significantly reduce the spread of this virus in our communities, schools and work spaces,” the district said in a statement.

-Rachel Alexander