SCS employee among 70 people quarantined across the Mid-South over coronavirus concerns

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An employee with Shelby County Schools had contact with someone who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a statement issued today by SCS.

The employee worked at Treadwell Elementary School and Treadwell Middle School.

An official said the employee has been placed on a 14-day quarantine and has not displayed any symptoms of the illness.

Annie Jones was extra cautious when she went to Treadwell Middle School to pick up her nephew Monday.

Like other parents, she learned about the quarantined employee through an early morning phone call.

“They ain’t giving us no up to date about what’s going on,” said Jones. “We don’t know.”

The Shelby County Health Department said the immediate risk to the general public is low, and there is no expected risk to school-age children at this time.

In a joint press conference, both Shelby County School superintendent Joris Ray and Shelby County Health Department Director Alisa Haushalter both reiterated safety of the children is the top priority.

According to Haushalter, Saturday a Shelby County resident tested positive for the coronavirus.

The patient did travel abroad.

So far there has been no community transmission in Shelby County.

Haushalter said on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the health department contacted 100 people in Tennessee and Mississippi who may have had contact with the coronavirus patient.

At least 70 people, which includes the SCS employee, are under quarantine.

She also said the employee is quarantined at home but is not considered sick.

“They are being asked to stay at home during incubation period so if they become ill, they can have treatment,” said Haushalter.

Ray said schools will not be closed and they will continue to monitor the situation.

“It’s critical that we fight fear with knowledge,” said Ray.

However, all international school trips sponsored by SCS will be suspended.