Second Howell student identified as probable COVID-19 case

Since The Livingston Post was first to report on Sept. 8, 2020, a probable case of COVID-19 at Three Fires Elementary School, a second student in the Howell Public Schools District has been identified, this one at Parker Middle School.

Both students had close contact outside of school with people who tested positive for COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. The two cases are not related.

“According to the Livingston County Health Department guidelines, anyone identified as close contacts (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) of this student will be required to quarantine for 14 days since their last contact with the student,” the district said in a statement.

As reported by the LCHD on Sept. 9, 2020, there are 1,023 confirmed cases — up 10 in a single day — and 211 probable cases. The number of total cases — probable and confirmed — for Livingston County residents ages 0-19 rose 8 in a single day, from 232 on Sept. 8 to 240 on Sept. 9.

According to the LCDH, symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure and can include: cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fever; chills; muscle pain; sore throat; a new loss of taste or smell. Other less-common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

If you are experiencing respiratory illness or other concerning symptoms, the LCDH recommends contacting your healthcare provider.

If you experience emergency warning signs for COVID-19, the LCHD advises you get medication attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include difficulty breathing; persistent pain or pressure in the chest; new confusion or inability to arouse; bluish lips or face.

For more information, check out the Livingston County Health Department’s COVID-19 information by clicking here.

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Journalist Maria Stuart lives in Howell. She worked at The Livingston County Press/Livingston County Daily Press & Argus as a reporter, editor and managing editor from 1990-2009. These days, she runs The Livingston Post, and is often spotted holding court at Uptown Coffeehouse.

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