JCPS sends letter to families of 22 schools after employee tests positive for monkeypox

HE SET TO BE ARRAIGNED IN THE MORNING. ALSO NEW TONIGHT, JOSE BAEZ HAS SENT A LETTER TO THE PARENTS OF 22 SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT. ADVISING THAT AN EMPLOYEE WHO REGULARLY VISITS THOSE SCHOOLS HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR MONKEYPOX. WE’RE TOLD THAT EMPLOYEE HAD BEEN AT ALL OF THOSE SCHOOLS WITHIN THE PAST TWO WEEKS. THE CDC SAYS THE DISEASE NOW REFERRED TO IS IN PARKS CAN SPREAD THROUGH CLOSE PERSONAL, OFTEN SKIN TO SKIN CONTACT. THE RISK IS CONSIDERED LOW FOR GETTING IN PARKS BY TOUCHING SHAR

JCPS sends letter to families of 22 schools after employee tests positive for monkeypox

Jefferson County Public Schools sent a letter out to families of 22 schools after an employee with the school district tested positive for monkeypox.In the letter to families, JCPS said the employee was in the schools building at least once during the last two weeks and had recently tested positive for monkeypox.JCPS said they are in contact with the Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Department. They did not specify which schools the letter was sent to.They also included information about monkeypox in the letter home, citing the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention which says that “monkeypox can spread through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact.”The type of contact would include direct contact with the rash and scabs on someone with it, along with contact with their saliva, snot or mucus, and areas around private parts.”The risk is considered low for getting Mpox by touching objects, fabrics, and surfaces that have been used by someone with Mpox and not disinfected, such as clothing and furniture,” the letter said.Symptoms of monkeypox include blister-like rashes, congestion, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, fever and swollen lymph nodes, according to the CDC.JCPS said that anyone who experiences symptoms should contact their school and health care provider and stay home.”The health, safety, and wellbeing of our school community remains our top priority,” said the letter. “We are closely monitoring this situation and will provide you with updates if any further steps are necessary.”Those who may have questions, or need to report a positive case of Mpox, should call JCPS Health Services at 502-485-3387.

Jefferson County Public Schools sent a letter out to families of 22 schools after an employee with the school district tested positive for monkeypox.

In the letter to families, JCPS said the employee was in the schools building at least once during the last two weeks and had recently tested positive for monkeypox.

JCPS said they are in contact with the Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Department. They did not specify which schools the letter was sent to.

They also included information about monkeypox in the letter home, citing the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention which says that “monkeypox can spread through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact.”

The type of contact would include direct contact with the rash and scabs on someone with it, along with contact with their saliva, snot or mucus, and areas around private parts.

“The risk is considered low for getting Mpox by touching objects, fabrics, and surfaces that have been used by someone with Mpox and not disinfected, such as clothing and furniture,” the letter said.

Symptoms of monkeypox include blister-like rashes, congestion, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, fever and swollen lymph nodes, according to the CDC.

JCPS said that anyone who experiences symptoms should contact their school and health care provider and stay home.

“The health, safety, and wellbeing of our school community remains our top priority,” said the letter. “We are closely monitoring this situation and will provide you with updates if any further steps are necessary.”

Those who may have questions, or need to report a positive case of Mpox, should call JCPS Health Services at 502-485-3387.

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