According to the press release, the Summit County Public Health Department is investigating 21 new coronavirus outbreaks at the Mountain Dance Academy in Frisco.
The press release stated that of the 21 cases, 16 were among employees and students of the dance academy, and 5 were among the students’ family members. The epidemic also affected local public schools. A total of 142 students in multiple cohorts at Summit Junior High and High School were quarantined.
Health officials said the outbreak was caused by students failing to follow guidelines designed to prevent the spread of the virus, including attending classes when they were sick.
Public Health Director Amy Wineland said in a press release: “This is a clear example of how this virus can spread rapidly in our community if basic mitigation measures are not taken.”
County officials said that the dance academy has taken adequate precautions, including wearing masks, physical distancing, symptom checks, and cleaning and disinfection, but some students did not report their symptoms during class.
Kelly Monahon, the owner of the Alpine Dance Academy, said at the press conference: “We are very disappointed with the students’ dances because they danced with symptoms and were unwilling to talk frankly with officials of the public health department. See you.” “This delays the quarantine and may protect many of our dancers, staff and their families.”
The county health officials emphasized that anyone with mild symptoms should be checked and contact with others should be eliminated until the check result is obtained. The county has free tests every day.Find information about time and place in SummitCountyCo.gov/testing.
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