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Homer Superintendent addresses Local Health Concerns

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In light of discussion over recent health concerns in the community, Homer Schools Superintendent Tom Turck sent out a letter to the district yesterday (March 4) assuring them of measures being taken to protect students & staff.


Addressing the mumps at SUNY Cortland, Turck said there’s currently a low risk for community transmission, as nearly all school age students are fully immunized.

However, Turck also said those with other immune conditions should consult with their primary care physician for further guidance.

Confirmed mumps cases at SUNY Cortland have now risen to five, with one additional case still pending test results.

At least four of the confirmed cases are students, with one faculty member also recently isolated for testing. Health care laws prevent university officials from verifying whether or not this staff member is the fifth confirmed case.

Regardless, SUNY Cortland PR Director Fred Pierce says all six individuals have gone through their required quarantine period and are no longer contagious.


Superintendent Turck also said the district is partnering with the County Health Department and many community agencies to be proactive against the emerging threat of novel coronavirus.

“The district has been doing extra cleaning and disinfecting in our buildings to control the potential spread of the virus,” Turck said. “Additionally, we are regularly disinfecting district buses and large gathering areas such as gymnasiums and auditoriums.”

Twelve people in Onondaga County have been quarantined for potential coronavirus exposure, although health officials say none are currently showing symptoms.

Out of precaution, all SUNY schools have suspended their study abroad programs in China, Italy, Japan, Iran and South Korea effective immediately, with students in those areas being brought home and put on a two-week quarantine period.

Turck concluded his letter by saying the schools will continue to emphasize healthy behaviors with students and monitor the situation with state and local health officials to keep the community updated.

Click here to read Superintendent Turck’s full letter.

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