Pierre school district superintendent Dr. Kelly Glodt considers having just five cases of coronavirus among its student body a surprisingly low number:
“It amazes me that [our] numbers are significantly lower than most (knock on wood)… Hope our community can keep our numbers low,” Pierre School District Superintendent Dr. Kelly Glodt told the Capital Journal via email on Friday [Abby Wargo, “Five Pierre Students Have Covid-19,” Pierre Capital Journal, 2020.09.14].
I can’t compare Pierre’s coronavirus count to Aberdeen’s, because my local school district apparently isn’t reporting numbers. We received a robocall from Aberdeen Central principal Dr. Jason Uttermark last night around suppertime. He introduced the message as our “weekly covid call” and said “individuals” have tested positive within the district. The two previous calls in previous weeks said “an individual” had tested positive. Last night’s call did not make clear whether the school district was announcing new cases.
The recorded message repeated the school’s promise that the state Department of Health would The call made not mention of local reports that the Department of Health is overwhelmed with contact tracing and isn’t able to make such calls in a timely fashion that would allow parents and staff who have been in close contact with a confirmed case to protect their family, friends, and neighbors from the disease.
I’d like to say Aberdeen is lucky like Pierre, too, not to have many coronavirus cases. But I can’t say that reliably, because our school district is failing to give the community clear information about the extent of the pandemic among its students and staff.