Coronavirus confusion at Mohonasen now guidebook to prevent future flap

Benita Zahn
Created: September 14, 2020 07:26 PM

The flap over Mohonasen school administrators exposed to coronavirus from a colleague and the decision to open and then close school has the community frustrated. However, there are lessons to be learned from this.


When the school administrators met on September 3, they couldn't foresee how things would turn out. One of their group of 14 fell ill that night, telling the superintendent the next day it was coronavirus.

Because the affected administrator lives in Otsego County, Schenectady County Health wasn't notified.

That confusion muddied the waters. In the end, school opened and closed -  going all remote. All the administrators were placed on 14-day quarantine.

Rather than assign blame in the Mohonasen situation, Keith Brown, the Schenectady County interim public health director, wants to use it as a guidebook to prevent something like this from happening again. 

The next takeaway is the quarantine was the right move.

Those 14 days are critical, Brown points out. He notes it's the window of safety we know based on the science.

Remember, you can test negative if you're tested too early after exposure. In fact, Brown reinforces that it can take up to two weeks for coronavirus symptoms to appear.

Hear his advice on what to do if there's any confusion by watching the video of Benita Zahn's story.

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