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Three new COVID-19 cases at two Webutuck schools

WEBUTUCK — Throughout the last week of October, the North East (Webutuck) Central School District was notified of three new positive COVID-19 cases within the district. Though he was unable to confirm specifically what days the cases were reported, Webutuck Superintendent of Schools Raymond Castellani said all three cases involved students, two of which were reported at Eugene Brooks Intermediate School and one of which was reported at Webutuck High School.

All contact tracing was completed for the three cases. In a letter he sent to Webutuck families and staff on Friday, Oct. 29, which can now be accessed online at www.webutuckschools.org, Castellani explained the new cases “may or may not be a sign of an uptick of cases in our area.”

Nevertheless, he assured the community in his letter that Webutuck will continue to update families and staff over the next few weeks about the number of cases reported in the school district.

To date, Castellani said Webutuck has had about eight to 10 cases since opening for the 2021-22 school year in September.

However, he voiced his confidence in the health and safety protocols the district has enforced, between its contact tracing system, students wearing masks and staff making sure protocols are being followed.

Taking the new cases into consideration and anticipating that more cases will pop up with the arrival of the holiday season, Castellani said, “I think we have a good handle on managing them.”

That being said, Castellani said parents have been reminded that if their children are sick or show any symptoms, they should be kept at home.

He added Webutuck currently offers weekly COVID-19 testing for students. Parents interested in having their children tested should contact the district office at 845-373-4100.

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