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West Linn facility reported six coronavirus cases over the first two weeks of October

SouthLake Preschool reopened Oct. 15 after two weeks of closure following the discovery of six COVID-19 cases.

According to SouthLake Executive Pastor Jeff Jacobs, the first case was identified Oct. 1. Following Oregon Health Authority guidelines, the preschool recommended all students and staff be tested as well. The tests led to the discovery of five more positive cases.

Because of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulations, Jacobs said he was unable to say whether the COVID-19 cases affected students or staff.

SouthLake Preschool has 150 students, ages 2 to 6, and 25 staff members, according to Jacobs.

Jacobs said all members of the preschool community who tested positive are recovering well. He also said only some of the six people infected displayed symptoms.

According to Jacobs, the SouthLake Preschool, which is located within SouthLake Church, went above and beyond OHA safety guidelines when reopening this summer.

The school relies on temperature and symptom checks and all those above the age limit wear masks, Jacobs said. Sanitization of toys, utensils and other surfaces like playground equipment happens multiple times a day.

Kids stay in small groups, and if a teacher moves from one group to the next, they must change clothes, Jacobs said.

Students also spend more time outside each day than in years past.

Jacobs clarified that there have been no in-person church services since the start of the pandemic and there has been "no crossover between preschool and any church activity."

"We do everything possible to limit the cases and the spread and the risk," Jacobs said.


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