SCSD No. 1 Reports 34 Students, 17 Employees Tested Positive for COVID-19 Since November 23

SCSD No. 1 Reports 34 Students, 17 Employees Tested Positive for COVID-19 Since November 23

ROCK SPRINGS — Sweetwater County School District No. 1 reported this evening that it has 17 staff members and 34 students who have tested positive for the COVID-19 Coronavirus since November 23.

According to a message sent out on the ParentSquare app from SCSD No. 1 Superintendent Kelly McGovern and Human Resources Manager Nicole Bolton, the following positive cases in the District have been reported since Monday, November 23, through Friday, December 4.

  • 8 students and 1 staff member at Rock Springs High School,
  • 6 staff members with the Transportation Department,
  • 1 staff member at Walnut Elementary,
  • 6 students and 2 staff member at Pilot Butte Elementary,
  • 1 student at Eastside Elementary,
  • 1 staff member at the Central Administration Building,
  • 5 students and 1 staff member at Rock Springs Junior High,
  • 2 students at Overland Elementary,
  • 1 staff member at Farson-Eden,
  • 4 students and 2 staff members at Sage Elementary,
  • 6 students and 1 staff member at Westridge Elementary,
  • 1 staff member at Desert View Elementary
  • 2 students at Stagecoach Elementary.
  • This comes to 17 staff members and 34 students who were reported positive.

“Currently we have 44 total staff members throughout the district that are out for various COVID-19 related reasons from this past week,” the post stated. “This includes staff getting quarantined, having to stay home due to daycares shutting down, currently being tested, or testing positive. The community spread and positivity rate within the community continues to impact Sweetwater School District No. 1.” 

SCSD NO. 1 nurses continue to work closely with Public Health and are the designee in sending out quarantine papers and information to District staff and students who are considered close contacts.

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A close contact can occur due to a student or staff member not wearing a mask properly (both students and staff have to be wearing a mask properly), a situation where a shield had to be used, or no mask worn at all (such as students leaving for lunch at the high school level or while participating in a sporting event) when within 6 feet of another individual for a cumulative time of 15 minutes over a 24 hour period. The district monitors and corrects individuals not wearing masks properly as that can cause others to be quarantined. 

“We ask that everyone please practice preventative measures such as good hand washing, practicing social distancing, when social distancing can not occur, wear a mask, and avoiding gatherings,” according to the post.

Thank you for doing your part in order to keep our schools open.


What to do if you feel sick: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are showing symptoms, please call your primary care provider or seek medical attention.

Please follow these tips to slow the spread of this virus:

  • Follow Public Health Orders
  • Wear cloth face coverings in public settings, especially when physical distancing of at least 6 feet isn’t practical.
  • Stay home when sick and avoid other people unless you need medical attention.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Older people and those with health conditions that mean they have a higher chance of getting seriously ill should avoid close-contact situations.
  • Long-term care and healthcare facilities should follow guidelines for infection control and prevention.

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