Karnataka: Covid outbreak at Kodagu residential school, 32 students infected
The Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, a residential school in Karnataka's Kodagu district, reported Covid infection among 22 boys and 10 girls.
A residential school in the Kodagu district near the Karnataka-Kerala border has witnessed a massive spike in Covid-19 cases after 32 students tested positive. Some of the students showed signs of infection like fever and cough following which the district health officials conducted tests in two phases. The tests confirmed Covid-19 infection among 10 girls and 22 boys.
According to District Health Officer Dr Venkatesh, the students are asymptomatic and are being looked after at the district hospital. Meanwhile, the remaining students have been asked to maintain distance and report in case they feel unease. At the same time, the taluk health officials have been asked to visit the school campus daily for one week and monitor the students' health.
Talking to Asianet Newsable, the DHO said that 54 samples have been collected from the school staff and their results are awaited. He said that it is difficult to say how these students got infected as all of them were admitted into the residential school only after showing a negative RT-PCR report. It is suspected that some staff members may have been infected from outside and would have later come in contact with the students.
The school management has confirmed that all students admitted at the hospital are improving and there is nothing to worry about as none of them is in serious condition. The entire school campus has been sanitized and the school administration is in constant touch with its students on a day-to-day basis.
Following the sanitization operation, the Kodagu district administration and health officials visited the campus and took stock of the situation. The officials were convinced about the preventive measures taken to ensure there is no further spread and instructed the district health officer to keep them in the loop.