SHARON, MA — Sharon Public Schools reported on Tuesday that a staff member at Cottage Street Elementary School has tested positive for coronavirus, the district's fourth new positive case since Jan. 5.
According to a letter to families from Superintendent of Schools Meg Dussault, those who came in close contact with the staff member have been notified and the school will continue to help the affected individuals.
The new positive case comes just days after the district reported staff COVID-19 case at East Elementary School on Tuesday, a student COVID-19 case at Sharon High School on Thursday, and a staff COVID-19 case at Heights Elementary School on Saturday.
Sharon Public Schools began their COVID-19 testing initiative on Monday, which will run until Thursday, Feb. 4. The district will be using the Ginkgo Bioworks Concentric pooled testing pilot program and will require a consent form for each participant.
According to the latest statistics released by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Thursday, Sharon has experienced a total of 475 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 80 reported in the two weeks leading up to Jan. 7. The town has an average daily incidence rate of 31.3 and a 4.62% positivity rate, an increase from last week's average daily incidence rate of 27 and 4.14% positivity rate.