Officials believe COVID-19 spike at Brighton High School is isolated event

Emily Putnam
Updated: April 22, 2021 06:20 PM
Created: April 22, 2021 05:56 PM

BRIGHTON, N.Y. (WHEC) — There’s been an outbreak of COVID-19 among students at Brighton High School.

The district’s website confirms that nine students have tested positive, and 46 others are in mandatory quarantine per Monroe County Department of Health guidelines. 

Both Brighton and Monroe County leaders tell News10NBC that they believe this recent spike in cases is an isolated incident, and that it should not impact any current plans to move forward with the return to in-person learning. 

"It turns out that across the county our transmission rate is still at a high enough point that, you know, this doesn't really make any difference at all, either for Brighton or for any other districts in the county," Monroe County Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza said. 

In Brighton, middle and high school students are still in hybrid learning models. In order for them to return to in-person, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, the community transmission rate in Monroe County would need to drop below 100 cases per 100,000 people.

As of Thursday, Monroe County is averaging 243 new cases per day.

Brighton Town Supervisor Bill Moehle offered his thoughts on the recent spike in the district.

"I certainly hope and expect that they'll be able to continue moving forward with opening the school to the extent that they can,” Moehle said. “I know that's gonna make a big difference for a lot of people."

In an email to News10NBC, the district said: "Transmission occurred at a social event outside of school. Students have been quarantined by the Monroe County Dept. of Public Health due to their common participation in a school activity where some of the potentially positive students participated in a time frame when they could have transmitted."

It’s unclear what kind of social event or school activity it was.

Mendoza’s main concern is not that this outbreak could signal a potential delay in reopening schools, it’s about working together as a community to prevent future outbreaks.

"I'm really more concerned about making sure that young students and young adults understand that their actions have an impact on the larger community," Mendoza said.

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