With school starting, Atascosa County is seeing an increase in postive COVID 19 cases. The Atascosa County Emergency Management Office’s updated numbers from the office of the DSHS show active cases increasing to 41 as of Sept. 15. There are 56 pending investigations, and 65 probable cases with a total number of cases being 682. To date, there have been 15 deaths.
On Monday afternoon, both Pleasanton and Jourdanton ISD announced the confirmation of COVID-19 cases in their respective districts; two at Pleasanton Junior High, two at Jourdanton High School and one at Jourdanton Junior High.
One week into the 2020- 2021 school year, Pleasanton ISD has announced two positive COVID-19 cases at their junior high campus. Both students were present at the PJHS campus on Sept. 11.
The local health department has launched an investigation into the case and will contact anyone determined to have been in close contact with the infected individuals. Those that were in close contact will remain off campus for up to 14 days to ensure they do not have COVID 19, so that there will not be any further spread.
In keeping with Jourdanton ISD’s practices to respond to COVID-19, they notified all student families of the three labconfirmed cases who were present on campus Sept. 11. Due to privacy requirements, they will not release the name of the individuals or details of these students.
JISD is working closely with the local health department on this matter. After careful review, they determined that the COVID-19 positive students did not come into contact with students, staff or areas accessed by students or staff. Operations at Jourdanton High School and Junior High will continue as usual and JISD will keep their community apprised of all further updates.
JISD just previously announced one positive COVID-19 case at the high school campus and one at the Early Childhood Center (ECC) campus on Sept. 3. Please see the Sept. 9 issue of the Pleasanton Express for full story.
While both PISD and JISD have no reason to believe that those who were not in close contact with the infected individuals have reason to be concerned, they ask that you watch for symptoms of COVID-19.