More positive COVID-19 cases reported in Madison Central School District; Oldham-Ramona continues distance learning

Six more positive COVID-19 cases were reported within the Madison Central School District on Friday and Sunday.  The cases included four students or staff members at Madison Elementary School who tested positive, and two students or staff members at Madison Middle School.  

Superintendent Joel Jorgenson said that the district works with the state Department of Health to determine close contacts.  The district contacts parents of any students identified as close contacts by e-mail and phone.  Jorgenson said there are no close contacts for the school with one of the positive COVID-19 cases at the Madison Middle School.

Friday and Sunday’s cases bring the total number of positive cases overall within the school district to 60 since September. 

Oldham-Ramona School District, meanwhile, after a week of distance learning is continuing that for the next two weeks.  In a Facebook post to district families Sunday, Superintendent Michael Fischer said that distance learning would continue due to a continued high number of positive COVID-19 cases and a lack of available substitute teachers.  Fischer stated that the Oldham-Ramona district has had 22 confirmed positive cases amongst their staff and students, with eleven of the cases currently active.  

As of Friday afternoon, Dakota State University in Madison reported fifteen active COVID-19 cases, including eleven students and four employees.  DSU updates information on active cases within the university daily on its website