Covid Update: Sac County Moved to Medium COVID-19 Community Level, Masking Strongly Recommended
Dear Sac City Unified Families,
We have been closely monitoring the spread of Covid-19 within our schools and the Sacramento County community to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. The most recent Centers for Disease Control data released yesterday (5/26) shows the rate of spread in the County is now 8 times greater than it was when we lifted our masking requirement in schools last month, with nearly 300 cases per 100,000 people. As a result, Sacramento County moved from the “low” to “medium” Covid-19 Community Level, as defined by CDC.
Based on the current trend of increased cases and hospitalizations, it appears likely that Sacramento County will reach the “high” community level when the CDC updates its data next Thursday, June 2. Such a move would trigger an automatic return to universal masking for students and staff at all school sites.
Until then, we are adhering to our current policy of masking as a strong recommendation, although we anticipate that will soon change.
Nevertheless, as we return from the Memorial Day weekend, we are urging everyone to wear a face mask. We especially urge your student to wear a face mask if you have received an exposure notification from our contact tracing team.
As we gather with friends and family this weekend, we encourage all Sac City families to treat the virus seriously, especially because the current variants have proven to be highly contagious. The precautions we take over the holiday are key to helping us limit the spread of the virus, as data trends have shown in the past that Covid-19 infection numbers spike after holiday gatherings.
Ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, students were sent home rapid Covid-19 test kits. Please give your student a test on Monday, May 30 before they return on Tuesday and register and upload the results by visiting https://primary.health/. At the top of the homepage, click Registered already with Primary? Click here to find your link to enter your COVID-19 test results. A reporting link will also be sent by text and/or email to everyone registered for testing through Primary Health. These tests are a critical step in helping us identify infected students and staff so they can quarantine and limit the spread of the virus. IF your household needs further testing, our Serna Center testing site will be open on Memorial Day from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
Sac City Unified will strive to continue being a leader in our community with responsible decision making and strict adherence to government health and safety guidelines designed to limit the spread of Covid-19. We will also continue to offer a robust community testing program weekly at schools and at three central locations, where we are averaging approximately 20,000 tests per week.
The latest data on positive cases can be found on the SCUSD Covid-19 Dashboard. We will continue to keep you updated about Covid-19 developments and any changes that may be coming to our policies.