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COVID-19 cases rise at CHS

January 20, 2021 - 11:30
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Tuesday evening, Columbus ISD advised parents of “multiple” students being quarantined and testing positive for COVID-19 at the high school campus. One of the results of this possible outbreak was the cancellation of the high school basketball games that were scheduled for yesterday. 

As of this morning, the COVID-19 tracking for CISD shows 8 confirmed positive cases among CHS students, 0 staff with confirmed cases of coronavirus. 

There are 2 positive coronavirus cases among students at the junior high school campus and 1 positive coronavirus cases of a student at the elementary school campus. 

There are a total of 11 CISD students with confirmed coronavirus cases, and no CISD staff members with confirmed positive cases of coronavirus. 

Columbus ISD is on Code Green through Jan. 22. Code Green means all students who chose face-to-face instruction and all non-high-risk staff report to school. 

The notice issued by CISD on Jan. 19 states:

Dear Parent/Guardian,

In keeping with Columbus ISD’s practices to respond to COVID-19, we are notifying all student families, staff, and the community that multiple students who were lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 were present on the Columbus High School campus. Due to privacy requirements, we will not be releasing the names of the individuals or details identifying them.

Contact tracing has begun. Individuals identified as close contacts have been contacted by Columbus ISD. Those in close contact will remain off-campus for up to 10 days to ensure they do not have the virus and to ensure that there will be no further spread.  Operations at Columbus High School will continue as usual, and we will keep you apprised of further updates.

Any areas accessed by the COVID-positive person will be cleaned and disinfected according to CDC and TEA guidelines.

While we believe you have no reason to be concerned at this time, we ask that you, as always, to watch for symptoms of COVID-19.

Any of the following symptoms indicate a possible COVID-19 infection:

  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Cough, Difficulty breathing, or shortness of breath
  • Fatigue, Headache, Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Chills, Shaking, or exaggerated shivering
  • Significant muscle pain or ache
  • Diarrhea, Nausea, or vomiting

If you or any member of the Columbus High School community does begin experiencing any of these symptoms in a way that is not typical, we encourage you to contact your physician. We encourage anyone in the Columbus High School community who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 to please notify our school by contacting us at 979-732-5746.



This is a developing story.