Officials: Parent Who Tested Positive For Coronavirus Was On Charlotte Country Day’s Cannon Campus

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Officials with Charlotte Country Day School issued a letter to all parents, faculty and staff after a parent who was on the Cannon campus last week tested positive for COVID-19.  That parent reportedly had direct contact with a teacher on the school’s campus.

The parent is following the CDC guidelines and the teacher is asymptomatic and is monitoring their health in self quarantine, according to the letter.

Read the full letter here:

March 16, 2020

Dear Parents, Faculty and Staff,

It has come to my attention that a parent who was on our Cannon campus last week and had contact with one of our teachers has since tested positive for COVID-19. The parent is following the CDC guidelines and the teacher is asymptomatic and monitoring his/her health in self quarantine. We are continuing to investigate this situation and take proper precautions for our community’s safety. We are also coordinating closely with public health officials and following CDC, state, and local health guidance in responding to this case. Please read the message I received from the Mecklenburg County Public Health Department late last night after several phone conversations.

“Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH) has identified an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 who had some contact with others in the Country Day family. Our Department is working to contact the small number of individuals who had close contact with this person and need to take further action to protect themselves and others.

For all individuals, it is important to continue to take the proper measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. MCPH recommends you take the following steps to prevent the spread of ALL respiratory illnesses:

  • Limit involvement in mass gatherings.
  • Stay home from work or school when you are sick.
  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Get a flu shot, it’s not too late. During this time of year, respiratory illnesses in North Carolina are often caused by infection with influenza or viruses that cause the common cold.
  • If you develop fever, cough, or shortness of breath, contact your healthcare provider or the public health department at 980-314-9400.

MCPH updates its webpage everyday with information and resources regarding COVID-19. This is the link to that site: https://www.mecknc.gov/news/Pages/Update-on-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx. There is an information line available for questions that cannot be answered on the webpage. That number is 980-314-9400.”

We understand that this news is unsettling, but we want to assure you that the health and safety of our entire community remain our number one priority.

Due to privacy concerns, we will not release any information involving specifics or private health care information, but our safety protocols have been activated in order to mitigate further exposure, including already scheduled deep cleaning to both campuses and our transition to remote learning.

The situation regarding COVID-19 is dynamic and consequently, guidance from public health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changes frequently. Our Coronavirus Preparedness website is being updated regularly with the latest information. We will be sending out more information on our transition to remote learning later this week.

I want to thank you again for your support and flexibility during this challenging time. Please know that the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, and Country Day family is always top of my mind and we are doing everything within our power to support our community. You can reach out to me anytime with any questions. I will be driving back to Charlotte today and will respond directly to any questions either late this evening or tomorrow. Please take care of yourself and be kind to one another.

Mark Reed