COVID-19 rates in the Elk River Area School District are on the rise.

There were two staff cases and five student cases the week of March 6-12, and those numbers increased to five staff and 19 students for the week of March 13-19.

Superintendent Dan Bittman reiterated the need for following mitigation strategies.

“Please don’t lighten up,” he said. “We are starting to see increases in our schools and we want to keep kids in schools.”

He also addressed guidelines for fully vaccinated persons, which can be found at: t.ly/kxcE.

Those who have been fully vaccinated — which is considered having received all of the shots and have had a period of two weeks pass — can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.

They can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

“If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms,” Bittman stated March 22 during a report to the School Board. “However, if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.”

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