A V.I.S.D employee is one of the six people who tested positive for COVID-19

This is a letter Dr. Shepherd sent to the V.I.S.D staff

“VISD Employees,

VISD is confirming one of our employees has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This employee is in good condition and is isolated at home to prevent the spread to others.

As we work closely with the Victoria County Public Health Department throughout this COVID-19 situation, health officials are confident this case has been fully evaluated, including having identified any contacts this person may have had over the past 14 days. They have already reached out to those individuals to provide further guidance.

Our maintenance staff is ensuring all areas this employee may have been within our facilities in the last 14 days is thoroughly disinfected.

The coronavirus is thought to be spread 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 you to take the following prevention measures:

Wash your hands regularly, 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.
Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

Anyone who is displaying symptoms associated with coronavirus (fever, cough, shortness of breath) should either call their primary care doctor or their local health department. The Victoria County Public Health Department’s hotline number is 361-580-5796.

We recognize that this message is likely to cause concern in our community. Our public health officials have been outstanding partners throughout this entire situation. We join them in emphasizing the necessity of sharing information and acting with precaution throughout these extraordinary circumstances.

We are supporting the employee to the extent we are able to help ensure a rapid and full recovery. We also will continue to keep you informed to the greatest extent possible.

Dr. Quintin Shepherd
Superintendent of Schools”

This employee is included in the six cases reported by the Victoria County Public Health Department.