ITHACA, N.Y. — The Ithaca City School District announced in a letter Saturday that a member of its community has tested positive for COVID-19.

Superintendent Dr. Luvelle Brown said in the letter the ICSD was informed by TCHD late Friday of the positive test and that the school was working with the county to conduct a contact investigation.

“This news may generate anxiety and concern. Many experts remind me that we knew this day would come, and that there will be many more cases in the coming days and weeks,” said Brown in the letter. “We continue to work collaboratively with the TCHD to support students, staff and families.”

Brown says in the letter that the district will continue to provide parents with updates when a case is found that that particular school community, but reminded those who might be anxious about the case, that privacy is paramount.

“As partners in this effort, we share information with local health officials so they can communicate with people who may have been exposed to COVID-19. As you know, privacy is critical when it comes to students, personnel and health care,” added Brown. “We are notifying each school community when the first case at their school arises, as promised. However, I am asking our entire community to respect and protect the right to privacy these members of our community are afforded under the law. Again, the TCHD directly contacts those people who are at risk.”

For those with lingering questions about measures being taken by ICSD or how distance learning will work are asked to visit the ICSD Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.