On Monday, statements from Town Supervisor Brian Maher and Heather’s Child’s Place were posted to the Town of Montgomery Facebook page confirming seven positive COVID-19 cases at the daycare facility.
The seven positive cases have surfaced in the past month and include both staff and children. All of the reported cases were mild in nature and most were asymptomatic.
Upon notification of the original cases, Department of Health guidelines were followed and all parents and staff were notified and completed mandatory quarantines. The daycare was temporarily closed for a hospital grade cleaning and to allow time to complete the mandatory quarantines.
Heather’s was one of only a few childcare facilities in the area that remained open through the pandemic.
“It has been our goal from the beginning to persevere through this difficult period because we know that we provide a vital service to our community and to all the families that we serve,” read a prepared statement released by Heather’s Child’s Place.
The facility also noted that they have and continue to follow all New York State Department of Health protocol. All non-essential personnel are kept from entering the facility, including parents. Temperatures are taken at the door and masks are worn by the staff at all times. Individual classrooms are cleaned and sanitized throughout the day by the designated staff.
“We are happy to say that we have started a gradual reopening of our facility this week,” Heather’s Child’s Place said in a statement. “We will continue to follow the current and ever changing protocols that were put forth by the commanding authorities. Our children and staff are our number one priority and we will continue to take every possible measure to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved.”
Montgomery Town Supervisor Brian Maher noted that the town will continue to work hand in hand with the daycare moving forward.
“The greater Montgomery community navigated through the height of this pandemic which included our very own Montgomery Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center (MNRC),” Maher said in a statement. “We have experienced much larger COVID-19 exposure and with the help of our community partners and designated authorities we slowed and eventually stopped the COVID-19 spread at MNRC. Our community and Heather’s Child’s Care daycare are very well equipped to handle this situation and we will continue to update you as this daycare facility reopens safely.”
Those with any questions or concerns regarding this matter can email Maher at firstname.lastname@example.org.