The Derby Recreation Center temporarily closed its Kid’s Club child care area due to a positive COVID-19 test among staff, but those restrictions are set to be lifted Oct. 21 following joint review with the Sedgwick County Health Department.
On Oct. 15, a Kid’s Club employee experienced symptoms and was tested for COVID-19, with those test results coming back positive on Friday, Oct. 16. DRC management was made aware of the positive test result on Saturday, with the employee in question – the only known positive case at this time – having worked in the Kid’s Club area (directly east of the north entrance) the mornings of Oct. 13 and 14.
According to a release from the DRC, all employees in the area on those days were masked throughout their shifts and cleaning procedures were being regularly conducted. All parents of children (roughly 20 families) in the Kid’s Club – where child care services are provided while members are taking classes, working out, etc. – on the mornings in question have been notified. Additionally, all employees who were working with the affected employee Oct. 13 and 14 have been notified and asked to remain home until further notice.
During an investigation (including video review) by the DRC and consultation with the Sedgwick County Health Department, the Kid’s Club area remained closed. DRC Director of Administration Derek Smith noted the county put the DRC in contact with a disease investigator who helped advise with any decisions made moving forward.
The DRC was advised by the county's disease investigator to continue quarantine for employees in contact with the positive individual for 14 days from their contact.
The DRC has also advised parents of children in the Kid’s Club on those days to keep their children home for 14 days as well. As of Oct. 20, there have been no additional reports of symptoms or positive COVID-19 cases resulting from this exposure with either employees or kids in the Kids’ Club.
Part of the reason for the closure was to allow for thorough disinfecting, which Smith said has been going on since Saturday. Again, he noted if any additional recommendations are made by the county and its disease investigator, those will also be followed.
“That area, with the exception of folks cleaning it, has been completely empty since Saturday,” Smith said. “Obviously, any particulate matter in the air should not be a concern, but we’re definitely getting our surfaces (wiped) down.”
Sedgwick County Health Department reviewed sanitizing procedures and steps taken with staff and advised that the Kid’s Club could be reopened safely using existing staff that had not been exposed on the dates and times in question. The DRC will reopen the Kid’s Club at 4 p.m. Oct. 21.
Kid's Club services will operate under a modified schedule for the foreseeable future, being open from 8 a.m. to noon and 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Any further questions can be addressed to Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 788-3781, as staff works to keep the situation under control.
“This is the most significant exposure that we believe we’ve had,” Smith said. “We’re obviously committed to the safety and cleanliness of our facilities, our employees and our customers. That’s going to be the paramount driver in our business decisions.”