Whetstone Elementary Employee Tests Positive for Coronavirus

An employee at Whetstone Elementary School in Montgomery Village has tested positive for coronavirus, the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services confirmed.

The case is the first positive test of an Montgomery County Public Schools employee, according to County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles.

“While every case is concerning, it is not surprising as we know that COVID-19 is present in the broader community,” said Gayles. “We continue to work hard to keep residents and County staff as safe as possible.  We continue to see more cases in the community, and we are likely to see more cases in the coming days and weeks.”

The individual is receiving appropriate treatment for the virus, according MCPS.

MCPS said in an email sent to families on Tuesday, DHHS does not believe students or staff were at risk of exposure. However, DHHS did contact community members who may have been in contact with the individual.

“MCPS is in regular contact with the DHHS for the most accurate and up-to-date information,” MCPS said. “We will continue to follow guidance provided by the county and state health departments, including preventive measures, reporting protocols and appropriate communication with the community.”

MCPS reminded people to take preventative measures including staying home, practicing social distancing, washing hands and frequently disinfecting objects and surfaces.

“Our thoughts are with our Whetstone colleague who has fallen ill from COVID-19. The health and safety of our community is important to us all,” stated MCPS. “Please take care of yourselves and stay healthy.”

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