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Dear Bigfork Families,


We were notified by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) of a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 in a member of our school community with exposure date(s) of April 16]. For privacy reasons, we cannot share details about the status of the person. At this time, they have been advised to stay home and away from other people (isolate).

We have worked with the MDH to identify those who had close contact with the case, and have communicated with them individually. The risk of exposure for other individuals present in the building on that date is no greater than the risk of contracting the virus in the general community.

If you or your child were not notified that you had close contact with the person, you should still monitor for symptoms of illness, but do not need to stay home unless symptoms develop. If symptoms develop, stay home and consult with your health care provider to determine if medical evaluation is needed. 

We are working closely with MDH to monitor the situation. To minimize further exposure, we continue to recommend implementation of the following strategies:

  • Protect yourself and others by wearing a face covering when it is hard to stay 6 feet away from people; washing your hands often with soap and water; covering your cough and sneeze; and avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands.

  • If you are sick, stay home from child care and other activities. 

  • Be prepared in case you get sick and need to stay home. Keep enough food, regular prescription drugs, and other necessities on hand in case you need to stay home and are not able to go out easily. 

  • Frequently clean all commonly touched surfaces (e.g., telephones, doorknobs, countertops, etc.). 

  • Visit the Protecting Yourself and Your Family page of the MDH website to learn more.

The “Is it COVID-19?” Website is Minnesota’s tool for identifying symptoms and when to seek medical help.

Resources that you may find valuable are:

This is a challenging time and I know many of you may be feeling stress or anxiety. We will get through this together as a community, and will be stronger when we emerge. 

If you have questions, contact Scott Patrow at 218-743-3444 or Thank you for helping to keep our school community safe.