Emerson is Forced to go Virtual and Starts Contact Tracing


Adrienne Sabatier, Writer

Recently, at Emerson Junior Senior Highschool, someone on the soccer team was in contact with someone that had Covid-19.  Now, Emerson starts the process of contact tracing . Contact tracing is a process of identifying people who have recently been in contact with someone diagnosed with a disease, especially in order to treat or quarantine them. Emerson starts by figuring out who the person has been in contact with or even within 6 ft of. 

The state then contacts all those people to let them know to get tested and quarantine. For covid-19, two weeks of quarantine is required because it can take up to 14 days after exposure to the virus, for a person to develop Covid-19 symptoms. A negative result before the 14 day quarantine period does not rule out possible infection. By self quarantining for 14 days, you lower the chance of possibly exposing others to Covid-19.

Unfortunately the soccer team was shut down and could not finish their season. Soccer player , Gianni Mandile, states,

“It sucked because I played my last game without knowing it.”

Due to the shutdown, all Emerson classes all went virtual for the rest of the week until contact tracing was done. Emerson has been very good at contact tracing and following all the guidelines. There have only been two confirmed cases at the school, which is very fortunate. Emerson has had the lowest number of cases because we are such a small school and thankfully students are staying safe and have been social distancing.