Amity Supt: Another Case Of COVID At Amity High

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Oct 122020

Corona Virus from CDC.gov

A Message from the Amity Superintendent

Dear Amity Community Members:

On Sunday, October 11, 2020, Amity Regional School District No. 5 was notified that a member of our school community has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The affected person has been instructed to remain home in self-isolation for 10 days and has been provided with additional instructions to follow prior to returning to school. Family members have also been instructed to self-quarantine and get tested.

The last day this person was in Amity Regional High School was Thursday, October 8, 2020. Anyone who is considered a “close contact” with this person has been contacted or will be contacted by local health officials and provided with instructions on the appropriate steps to take.

On behalf of the Orange Health Department and Quinnipiack Valley Health District, I have been asked to remind our entire Amity community about the necessity to act in a responsible and safe manner. This is not limited to our time in school, but also our time outside of school. In social gatherings, the need to practice health safety – including the use of face coverings, physical distancing, and hand hygiene, continue to be paramount. COVID-19 is spread mainly via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from
coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge everyone to discuss the following preventive measures with your children and family members:

 Wash your hands frequently, but especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips. When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.

 Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze inside the elbow of your arm.

 As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

 Wear a face covering (mask) whenever there is a likelihood that you or your family members will be in the presence of others.

 Maintain social distancing (at least 6 feet) between yourself and others when outside of
your home.

Below is the list of COVID-19 symptoms for which everyone should monitor in their family members:

❑ Fever (100.4° Fahrenheit or higher)

❑ Chills or shaking chills

❑ Uncontrolled new cough (not due to other known cause, such as a chronic cough)

❑ Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

❑ New loss of taste or smell



For additional information on COVID-19 symptoms, please see:


Everyone is reminded that staff and students exhibiting any of the above symptoms, or feeling ill, should remain home and call their medical provider to report their symptoms and ask about testing prior to seeking in-person care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital.

For more information on what to do if you or a family member has possible symptoms, a diagnosis, or exposure to COVID-19, please see Addendum 5: Interim Guidance for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios in Connecticut School Districts, available here:

https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/COVID19/COVID-19-Resources-for-Families-and- Educators/Addendums-and-FAQs

We are monitoring this situation and working with the Orange Health Department and Quinnipiack Valley Health District. At this time, health officials are not recommending a closure of school. We will provide you with updates if the situation changes.

Jenn Byars

Opinion: That Biting Cold You Feel Can Be Serious

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Jan 222014

There are many gross photos of frostbitten fingers on the Internet I chose to go easy on you.

There are many gross photos of severely         frostbitten fingers on the Internet I chose         to go easy on you.

For the past couple of days, I’ve been searching for useful information to help keep you and your family members safe and healthy in the freezing weather.

According to the National Weather Service’s wind-chill chart, if the temperature is -15 degrees out with a 20 mph wind, the temperature will feel like -42 degrees and your child could get frostbite within 10 minutes.

The temperatures that we saw around here 8-12 degrees Fahrenheit with the steady low winds we could be outside for a half hour before getting frostbite.

Frostbite typically affects smaller more exposed body parts like- the nose, earlobes, fingers, hands and toes, so when I went out to clear off my car and to shovel the snow I wore layers, including a hoodie, hooded winter coat, wool socks, insulated snow boots, “thinsulate” gloves and I worked as quickly as I could to complete the job.

I cleared the walk in front of my house and the front and back stairs and 3/4 of the car when suddenly my fingers began to burn. The pain was almost unbearable.

I remembered what I read about frostbite

Signs and symptoms you should look out for include:

• A change in skin color- usually to a red, white or pale grayish-yellow color

• A prickly and slightly painful sensation

• Hard or waxy looking skin

• Numbness 

• A cold or burning feeling 

• Blistering, in severe cases

If you ever suspect you have frostbite, get indoors and bathe the affected area in lukewarm water – not hot water. — This is what I did.

My fingertips are still slightly numb and tingly, but they aren’t red anymore and I can type without any pain. (My nose is still freezing though)

Moral of the story. Be very careful out there, don’t ignore any signs of trouble. Keep a close eye on your children and don’t let your pets stay outside for long. The pads on their feet are susceptible to injury just like our fingers and toes.