The East Grand Forks Public School District is resuming a mandatory 10-day quarantine period for students who are exposed to COVID-19 due to the continued rise of cases in the district.
Recently, students who were exposed were required to quarantine for a period of seven days with the option to "test out" of quarantine. Since many students later tested positive for COVID-19 after testing out, that will no longer be an option, Superintendent Mike Kolness wrote in an email sent to families over the weekend.
"By eliminating this seven-day option, we are reducing the transmission risk and increasing the probability for keeping all of the schools buildings open for in person instruction," that email reads. "The final month of the 2020-21 school year will be starting next week and we would like to keep things as normal as possible and continue with in-person instruction for all grade levels."
Between March 26 and April 26, the district reported an increase of 38 cases throughout the district. Last week, the district charted an additional 16 cases.
Last Monday, April 26, 143 students throughout the district were quarantined. On Tuesday morning, May 4, Kolness said he did not have an updated number.
According to Polk County Public Health, there are a total of 147 active cases of COVID-19 in the county, as of Thursday, May 6, 127 of which were reported in the last two weeks. Children ages 10 to 19 make up the largest number of people who have COVID-19 in the county.
Polk County Public Health updates their COVID-19 numbers twice a month, and updated numbers are set to be released Thursday, May 13.