Dayton day care center shuts down after COVID-19 outbreak

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Dayton day care center has voluntarily shut down after 12 students and six staff members tested positive for COVID-19. The business says the children with the virus range in age from six weeks to 12 years old.

Victorum Learning Center remained open during the shutdown with a temporary pandemic license and didn’t have any known cases until June 10.

Then, the number of cases quickly grew to a quarter of the children and half the staff.

“We utilized all of our precautions,” said Loren Nelson, director of operations. “We temperature-checked throughout the day, the over-and-above when it comes to sanitizing procedures.”

Nelson told 2 NEWS for the past three months, the day care center has been following all the state guidelines, limiting the number of children to each classroom as required and trying to practice social distancing as much as possible.

“I really don’t believe that there’s anything that we could have done differently,” Nelson said.

According to officials, the first confirmed case was reported June 10 when a staff member tested positive.

That classroom was closed, Nelson said, and families of all children who had contact with that staff member were notified. Those students were then quarantined, he added.

Since then, a total of 12 students and six staff members have tested positive.

“There are quite a few that are asymptomatic,” Nelson said. “And that was really the most concerning thing for us.”

Nelson told 2 NEWS the day care voluntarily closed its doors Friday to deep clean the entire facility. It will remain shut down for two weeks.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, if a child care center has any confirmed cases, the business is encouraged to shut down rooms for deep cleaning. The center may install temporary walls to divide classrooms into smaller spaces for each student and is required to notify the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The business is now working with Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County to determine if any changes need to be implemented.

“We’re trying to really work on what’s going to be best for everyone moving forward,” Nelson said.

The facility plans to reopen July 6, Nelson said. If the staff members who tested positive still have the virus at that point, he said, the day care can still reopen, even if that has to happen without half of his staff.

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