5th graders in Rae C. Stedman Elementary School are in quarantine for two weeks because of a positive COVID case in class. (Photo/KFSK)

Petersburg has seen seven community cases of COVID within this past week. At least three of the cases are considered travel related and three are community spread. Two of the new cases are among Petersburg Medical Center staff. That brings the total active cases to eight, which includes one resident who is currently out of state.

Stedman Elementary School announced late this morning that school is canceled for this week except for remote reading and other optional activities. School was supposed to re-start Wednesday after winter break. The elementary school says for parents to expect more information about the closure this afternoon. Mitkof Middle School and Petersburg High School will use distance learning only Wed-Friday.

The Emergency Operation Center has announced a change in the community risk status to a “moderate” level.

Karl Hagerman is the Incident Commander with the EOC. He spoke with KFSK’s Angela Denning this morning about the new change.

Per the approved Risk Communication Plan, the community is encouraged to follow the recommendations of the Risk Communication Plan for Level 2 – ORANGE.  Detailed guidance can be found through the Community Risk Communication Plan link on the COVID-19 Dashboard.  In general, Level 2 recommendations include:

  • Adherence to local Mandate #8 in regard to wearing face coverings, especially in public locations when in the company of others.
  • Maintaining 6 feet of distance between yourself and people outside of your household.
  • Limiting gatherings to up to 50 people if outside and 25 people inside, with high regard for face coverings, social distancing and hygiene.
  • Recommendations for the School District include considering limits of 50% of students in the building at one time in a hybrid education mode.  Additional safety protocols defined in the PCSD Smart Start plan.
  • Adherence to all State and Local travel mandates and testing protocols – including follow up second tests with a State Testing Voucher.
  • Encouraging staggered staffing for essential businesses and government facilities.
  • Strongly recommending that bars go to 25% capacity, restaurants go to 50% capacity by reservation only and emphasis on delivery/carryout/curbside pickup.
  • Personal service businesses operate by appointment only, without a waiting room.
  • Gyms limit inside capacity to 25-50%.