On Friday, Douglas County Health officials confirmed to KETV NewsWatch 7 that the UK variant COVID-19 outbreak at a local day care has reached a new level.Justin Frederick, Supervisor of Communicable Disease Epidemiology, told KETV that the outbreak at Rosewood Academy Childcare and Preschool near 158th and Fort is now connected to 100 cases.Last week, the health department told KETV NewsWatch 7 the day care would be shut down for 10 days.”What we know about the variants so far is that it spreads more easily, and thus potentially leading to more cases in the community,” Frederick said. “In fact, we’re investigating another outbreak that we think is linked to this original one. So it’s extremely important that the general public continue to follow those public health measures of social distancing, wearing masks, hand washing, because these outbreaks don’t just affect these facilities are schools, churches, etc, they affect the entire community.”Frederick said there were nearly 25 cases that officials were able to identify in households outside of the center. “So you can see the transmission occurring in our community when we have these clusters in these outbreaks,” he said. The health department said some of the COVID-19 cases involve infants. “We have been working very closely with the childcare center to make sure that they have appropriate mitigation strategies in place so that they can have a safe reopening and successful reopening,” Frederick said.Last week, a spokesperson for Kelli Hansen, the owner of the day care, issued the following statement:The health and safety of the children, families and staff at Rosewood Academy Childcare and Preschool are our top priority. For more than a year, as communities have worked to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have been vigilant in following recommended guidelines and requirements of the Douglas County Health Department and other public health experts, including screening and cleaning procedures. Doing so helped provide families with uninterrupted operations at each of our three locations during the pandemic.Despite our best efforts, we recently learned of COVID-19 infections involving staff members and children at our Northwest location during the first week of March; we immediately voluntarily closed that location. Closing the whole center rather than closing room by room was a proactive measure intended to minimize the impact to families’ vacation time and be considerate of their need to make other arrangements for their childcare and workplace settings.We took action to clean and sanitize the facility before reopening on March 15 and implemented screening procedures beyond recommended health guidelines by instructing staff to send children home if they presented a fever above 99 degrees as opposed to the 100.4 degrees requirement.This week, we were notified of additional COVID-19 cases among staff and children at our Northwest location, and in communication and cooperation with the Douglas County Health Department, we closed the Northwest location for a minimum of 10 days effective March 18. We provided instruction to families and staff on quarantine requirements before returning to Rosewood Academy Childcare and Preschool. Our Northwest location will remain closed with potential to reopen March 29 upon evaluation and consultation with the Douglas County Health Department.We will continue to take precautionary and proactive measures, expect staff members to continue to report COVID symptoms to us and require children and staff fulfill quarantine requirements outlined by the Douglas County Health Department after any positive test result, which has always been our procedure since the arrival of the virus. We will continue to work with the Douglas County Health Department and follow its guidance before reopening our Northwest location to maintain the safety of children, families and staff.

On Friday, Douglas County Health officials confirmed to KETV NewsWatch 7 that the UK variant COVID-19 outbreak at a local day care has reached a new level.
Justin Frederick, Supervisor of Communicable Disease Epidemiology, told KETV that the outbreak at Rosewood Academy Childcare and Preschool near 158th and Fort is now connected to 100 cases.Last week, the health department told KETV NewsWatch 7 the day care would be shut down for 10 days.”What we know about the variants so far is that it spreads more easily, and thus potentially leading to more cases in the community,” Frederick said. “In fact, we’re investigating another outbreak that we think is linked to this original one. So it’s extremely important that the general public continue to follow those public health measures of social distancing, wearing masks, hand washing, because these outbreaks don’t just affect these facilities are schools, churches, etc, they affect the entire community.”Frederick said there were nearly 25 cases that officials were able to identify in households outside of the center. “So you can see the transmission occurring in our community when we have these clusters in these outbreaks,” he said. The health department said some of the COVID-19 cases involve infants. “We have been working very closely with the childcare center to make sure that they have appropriate mitigation strategies in place so that they can have a safe reopening and successful reopening,” Frederick said.Last week, a spokesperson for Kelli Hansen, the owner of the day care, issued the following statement:The health and safety of the children, families and staff at Rosewood Academy Childcare and Preschool are our top priority. For more than a year, as communities have worked to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have been vigilant in following recommended guidelines and requirements of the Douglas County Health Department and other public health experts, including screening and cleaning procedures. Doing so helped provide families with uninterrupted operations at each of our three locations during the pandemic.Despite our best efforts, we recently learned of COVID-19 infections involving staff members and children at our Northwest location during the first week of March; we immediately voluntarily closed that location. Closing the whole center rather than closing room by room was a proactive measure intended to minimize the impact to families’ vacation time and be considerate of their need to make other arrangements for their childcare and workplace settings.We took action to clean and sanitize the facility before reopening on March 15 and implemented screening procedures beyond recommended health guidelines by instructing staff to send children home if they presented a fever above 99 degrees as opposed to the 100.4 degrees requirement.This week, we were notified of additional COVID-19 cases among staff and children at our Northwest location, and in communication and cooperation with the Douglas County Health Department, we closed the Northwest location for a minimum of 10 days effective March 18. We provided instruction to families and staff on quarantine requirements before returning to Rosewood Academy Childcare and Preschool. Our Northwest location will remain closed with potential to reopen March 29 upon evaluation and consultation with the Douglas County Health Department.We will continue to take precautionary and proactive measures, expect staff members to continue to report COVID symptoms to us and require children and staff fulfill quarantine requirements outlined by the Douglas County Health Department after any positive test result, which has always been our procedure since the arrival of the virus. We will continue to work with the Douglas County Health Department and follow its guidance before reopening our Northwest location to maintain the safety of children, families and staff.