Mexico Bulldogs And Centralia Panthers Game Canceled After Student In Mexico School District Tests Positive For COVID-19

The Mexico Bulldogs and Centralia Panthers football game scheduled for tonight (Friday) is being canceled after a player on Mexico has tested positive for COVID-19.

A letter sent out to parents in the Mexico School District this afternoon says the individual will self-isolate as recommended by the Audrain County Health Department.

The Mexico School District says they will closely monitor the situation and provide additional information as needed an available.

Below is the letter sent out to parents in the Mexico School District.

August 28, 2020

Bulldog Families:

Late this afternoon, our district was notified of a student who tested positive for COVID-19 within a high school extra-curricular program. In order to be transparent and informative, we are notifying you as well. The individual will self-isolate as recommended by the Audrain County Health Department.

Out of an abundance of caution, Mexico and Centralia administrators have decided to cancel tonight’s football game.

We understand this announcement may be alarming, as you are likely concerned for the student as well as your own child. You may also be wondering if your student was in contact with the individual. As part of the Caring Comeback plan, the Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) will lead contact tracing efforts. Individuals identified as close contacts will be contacted by ACHD. If an individual is not contacted by ACHD, the individual was not considered to be a close contact. Close contact is defined by the CDC as, “anyone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick until the time the patient was isolated.”

We will continue to closely monitor this situation and provide additional information as needed and available. There is a possibility others in the community and in our district will test positive in the coming weeks and months. We encourage every student and staff member to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

COVID-19 symptoms include sudden loss of taste and/or smell, fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle/body aches, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting. If you believe you may have coronavirus, you can also contact your family practice physician or the Audrain County Health Department.

Thank you for entrusting the care of your children with us. We take our responsibility very seriously as we continue our mission of teaching, learning, and caring at Mexico 59.

Regards,

Travis Blevins, MHS Activities Director

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