Earlier this week, the Boling Independent School District released coronavirus-related information as it pertained to a Boling High School student.

In his letter addressed to parents and families of Boling High School dated Monday, Aug. 24, Boling ISD Superintendent Wade Stidevent said in keeping with the school district’s practices to respond to COVID-19, news of what occurred was released.

“… today we were notified a student who was lab confirmed to have COVID-19 was present on the campus of Boling High School on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 and has not returned since that date,” Stidevent said in the letter. “While present on August 18 and before, the student did wear a mask and complied with social distancing guidelines. Due to privacy requirements, we will not be releasing the name of the individual or details that may identify him or her.”

According to Boling ISD, this information was shared with the local health authority, who is Dr. Jeffery Gubbels, who has continued to work with the Wharton County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) since action began locally in March regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. He has been the authority throughout WC and the Boling township since 2014.

“We are working closely with the local health authority regarding this matter and thoroughly abiding by Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas Education Agency guidelines,” Stidevent said. “After careful review, we have determined that the COVID-positive person did not come into close contact with students, teachers, staff, or areas of high concentration (e.g. sporting events).”

Stidevent said operations at Boling High School continued as usual as well as “deep cleaning and sanitizing efforts.” 

He said Boling ISD would keep the community apprised with further updates.

“We have no reason to believe that those who were not in close contact with the infected individual have reason to be concerned,” Stidevent said. “We ask that you, as always, watch for symptoms of COVID-19.”

According to the county’s OEM, the Boling township has 46 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 22 cases that are active. 

It has also been reported there are two deaths related to the disease.

Symptoms listed

The letter included the warning signs that one can find in persons who are affected by the potentially killer disease.

Any of the following symptoms indicate a potentially possible COVID-19 infection:

• Temperature of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth;

• Sore throat;

• New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (or, for students with a chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline);

• Diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain;

• New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever;

• Loss of taste or smell.

“If you, your student, or any member of the Boling High School community do begin to experience any of these symptoms in a way that is not typical, we encourage you to contact your physician. We encourage anyone who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 to please notify our school by contacting 979-657-0042,” Stidevent said.

The website for Boling ISD is: www.bolingisd.net.

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