Steve Orr – Rochester Democrat and Chronicle USA TODAY NETWORK – in the D&C on 8/29/2020 on page A2

Monroe County health officials are planning a deliberate approach if and when COVID-19 cases are discovered among students and staff in local school districts.

In some cases officials would recommend that a classroom be closed and its students quarantined for two weeks but in other cases they would not, said Dr. Michael Mendoza, the Monroe County public health commissioner. People should not assume that rapid, wholesale closure of classrooms or entire schools, as has already occurred in other states, is inevitable.

“What’s happening across the country is not necessarily what’s going to happen here,” Mendoza said Thursday. “We need to remember that our community prevalence (of coronavirus infection) is lower here than in most parts of the country.”

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