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Coronavirus: No new cases at all in county, but PUSD family under precautionary self-quarantine

Original post made on Mar 5, 2020

There remain no confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Tri-Valley, but one Pleasanton student and their family are under self-quarantine at home after a family member may have been exposed to a potential case of the virus

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, March 5, 2020, 3:01 PM

Comments (10)

Posted by Concerned Parent
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Mar 5, 2020 at 9:49 pm

Junior Prom at Amador Valley High is scheduled for the end of this month. I wonder if they will still maintain the event in face of recent developments.

Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 5, 2020 at 10:23 pm

This information was rumored seventy-two hours ago.
Alameda County health denied it then, and again today earlier.
Now Alameda county health is admitting it.
How reliable is Alameda county health to keep the public informed?

Posted by Covid at Valley View
a resident of Stoneridge
on Mar 6, 2020 at 2:22 am

Hey as of about 10 pm March 5, just minutes after this was updated, it's said that the virus has been confirmed and the school was shut down, but I have no confirmation source and saw this on social media

Posted by Wombat
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 6, 2020 at 7:31 am

“A reader contacted the Weekly claiming that Stanford-ValleyCare Hospital in Pleasanton had four patients with COVID-19 and another Fremont hospital had seven patients showing symptoms associated with the virus, but ACPHD public information officer Neetu Balram refuted those claims.“

Hmmm....I wonder who here that could have been? Perhaps someone who has a long track record for spreading false information and rumors on these forums, including starting a PW discussion topic which made some of the above claims and that was removed by the PW a few hours after it appeared?

Posted by Carol
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Mar 6, 2020 at 9:50 am

What about the Covid-19 case at LLNL yesterday, March 5, and the 25 families now on voluntary quarantine. Surely LLNL would not have sent a building full of employees home and decontaminate the building for nothing. Let’s be proactive about this, instead of pretending that it’s just flu.

Posted by TT
a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on Mar 6, 2020 at 10:29 am

Racial profiling is not only misleading, but also counterproductive. Actually local Chinese families might have a lower chance to carry the virus because of (a) extra precautions and the awareness of severity of COVID-19, (b) travel ban was implemented quite early (c) China literally implemented martial law in the whole country. Direct connections haven been stopped from both sides for a while.

The latest data suggest most community spread cases are linked to travel history of Italy, Iran, Egypt, and healthcare workers. Trying to link community spread to local Chinese families is not helping the situation. It’s not even correct. At the end of the day, a virus doesn’t care about your skin color.

This is not a racial issue. This is a public health issue. Let’s treat it as such.

Posted by PtownPete
a resident of Valley View Elementary School
on Mar 6, 2020 at 12:22 pm

My kids go to Valley View. It hasn't been shut down and as of this morning the quarantined family hadn't been tested, although the exposed parent is sick. The parent went to Valley Care and they didn't have test kits. The parent works at Livermore Laboratory.

Posted by TT
a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on Mar 6, 2020 at 3:33 pm

My comment seems odd but it’s a response to some earlier comments that try to blame local Chinese communities for this. It looks like forum moderators have cleaned the house.

Posted by Not Soccer Mom
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 10, 2020 at 9:12 pm

As far as the LLNL, I can't remember where I saw they tested negative. The fact we don't have confirmation on this is disturbing. But on another note...

Why is the California Department of Public Health waiting for actual cases to happen in school before Closure? Web Link

It looks as though are district is sitting on its hands waiting and taking what seems like idiotic advise. Every time I've talked to the people in the front office of my child's school, they tell me "we know what you know". No offence, but I doubt it, because if they really understood how transmissible this is, how easily this spreads, they wouldn't want people even walking in the office. This isn't a slight to the staff, they are nice, but sadly not informed and waiting to take orders. If we look at Italy, China, Iran, South Korea, the natural progression of this disease ends up in massive quarantines and shutdowns because regions fail miserably at containing, hospitals become overwhelmed with sick patients of all kinds not just Covid19, and the only way to stop it is to shut it all down. Watch how quickly our cases are rising. We will be there in a couple weeks, and possibly infect many more people by not closing schools now. I'm aware I can pull my kid and I tried that, but if I'm one of only a few parents doing this, my child will be penalized with the workload not being modified for a disaster scenario. In other words, my child will miss important things in class (tests, projects, etc.) that are expected because I am opting to pull my kid, rather than the whole curriculum being modified for a disaster scenario. They system isn't going to change for one or two kids, and this forces my child back in class, hence no loss of money for the school. I hope I don't regret putting my children back in school today, I hope by some miracle this will subside, but I doubt it. It is barely slowing down at the original epicenter and that was with a uniform government shutdown in a communist regime.

So is the district just going to sit back and wait for an outbreak? Is it just going to boil down to who will be the unlucky ones that will get it first, then shut it down, then force others into self-isolating because of possible exposure, overwhelm our hospitals with more cases? Why are we waiting for this?

Posted by PaulN
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2020 at 10:18 am

A few months ago "the Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees has agreed to cover professional cleaning services used to sanitize five PUSD sites during a stomach virus outbreak last fall by pulling $233,948 from the district general fund." This is for an outbreak of a far less dangerous virus. This was a lot of money and the district should be applauded for this action. However, as an employee of the district, I have yet to see anything more than communication of what should be done and the distribution of the district's 3-level phased escalation chart being shared.

I have yet to see what I would consider substantial and necessary sanitation happening at the school where I work. In fact, I am still encountering co-workers who have stated that they are not concerned with getting the virus. While I respect everyone's individual decisions, in the workplace (and with children in mind) we should suspend our personal doubts and lackadaisical views and replace it with a heightened call to action for the benefit of public safety.

If we all take individual responsibility for minimizing both the spread and exposure to the virus then we can get through this with minimal impact....but it will require committment for everyone.

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