Child care center in southwest Austin reports 10 COVID-19 cases, including 1 child

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Circle C Child Development Center in southwest Austin said nine employees and one child have tested positive for COVID-19. 

“COVID-19 continues to impact communities around the world, and our child care center has not gone unaffected,” said a message online. 

The center closed a day after a maintenance employee tested positive for the virus on June 14th.

The executive director, Michelle Moran, explained to KXAN investigator Arezow Doost that the staff member was brought back during the pandemic to help with disinfecting the school and broke protocol by working in area’s with kids around.

“He walked through the center in the course of his duties to clean surfaces outside while the children were inside, and inside when they were outside,” explained Moran in an email response to questions. “His responsibilities did not include being face to face with other staff members, teachers or children.”

Moran said all staff and parents were notified and families in a classroom of children age 5 to 7-years-old were contacted.

The state’s latest numbers show 615 reported positive cases of COVID-19 at 453 child care operations, 414 are among staff and 201 include children.

“The center took all necessary steps to create a protocol, train staff and implement new processes to minimize community spread,” said Moran. “We used best recommendations from local, state and federal health authorities and licensing bodies to ensure our preparedness to manage our facility and provide child care for families during this pandemic.”

The center is scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, June 30. Camp Kaleidoscope has also been canceled for the rest of the summer. 

According to a letter to parents, staff training regarding enhanced safety protocols will be provided before reopening. 

“We are retraining staff on policies including monitoring, disinfecting, and cleaning, masking and social distancing,” explained Moran. “Staff including teachers will wear masks at all times.”

The center takes children as young as 2 months through the age of 5, according to the website. 

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