As of an update posted on Monday evening, a total of six staff members and two children from the daycare have tested positive for the virus.
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ST. PAUL - The effects of an increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the area is being felt firsthand in the St. Paul area, specifically at a daycare that saw at least four staff members test positive for the virus over the weekend.
Located on St. Paul's main street, The Boys and Girls Club of St. Paul & District decided to close its doors for two weeks, after a staff member tested positive for the virus. Since that decision was made, at least four more staff members have also tested positive.
"On Thursday, a staff started exhibiting symptoms and went to get tested on Friday," confirmed the executive director of the Boys and Girls Club, Joelene Hazen. "Late Saturday night we got the results that she was COVID positive."
While some people were still waiting for AHS to call them for contact tracing, staff at the Boys and Girls Club let all close contacts know of the situation. The facility also had all staff members tested on Sunday.
"Since she was an educator and essentially a close contact with almost all our staff and a large classroom, the board and myself decided that in the best interest of all the children and educator safety, we will close for the isolation period and reopen on Nov. 27 once everyone has been tested, waited for symptoms to possibly arise, and complete a deep clean of entire facility," said Hazen, Sunday evening.
Classrooms affected at the daycare include baby, toddler, preschool, and kinder.
By Monday morning, Hazen had confirmed that a total of four staff members from the daycare had tested positive.