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Parents Protest Critical Of Health Departments Handling Of Covid 19

Audio version of the story below.


Frustration that has been building as we are now nearly seven months into life with Covid-19 for the first time boiled over in Grand Island last night.

Nearly 50 parents and students gathered at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Central District Health Department, all critical of how the department handled contact tracing, and the quarantine procedures at Northwest highschool. For some parents, like Lacy Beard, the quarantine felt like a target had been placed on the back of Northwest.


President of the Central District Health Department board Chuck Hasse was quick to point out that there is no, nor has there been a target on Northwest schools. 


The school began the year with a mask encouraged but not required policy, but after nearly 125 students were quarantined a week later the school moved to a masks required policy. Karisa Halpine was hopeful that last night's protest would help to get some answers not only for parents, but for their kids.


Hasse says last nights testimony from parents was heard and heard loud and clear but wants the public to understand that there are several other factors that are taken into consideration during a positive case within the school. 


Nate Miller says there is inconsistency and contradiction with a mask policy and they are looking for a clear message moving forward and to work with the health department to find a plan that can benefit all involved.  


Many of the comments made last night were critical of the Health Departments Director Teresa Anderson, but when asked if the bored thought she had overstepped her role, Hasse says she’s doing everything she can to help stop community spread.





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