The Sandhills Children's Center

The Sandhills Children's Center is located on Central Drive.

The Sandhills Children’s Center has chosen to close until June 1 after two children at the business tested positive this week for the coronavirus.

Melanie Gayle, chief executive officer at the center, said the staff had planned to close for a couple days for intense sanitizing after finding out yesterday that a single child tested positive. But when a second child in the same classroom tested positive, Gayle said the call was made to close until June 1.

Gayle said Tuesday afternoon that both children developed fevers at home and were taken to their respective doctors. She said the symptoms were short-lived and the children are doing fine now.

However, she said, “We want to do the right thing” by closing temporarily.

Gayle said she and her staff have been in touch over the last two days with the Moore County Health Department and a health consultant from FirstHealth of the Carolinas. Unlike nursing homes, which have strict guidelines around mandated coronavirus testing, childcare centers do not have a large amount of guidance involving testing. As of now, testing is only being recommended if a child or adult exhibits symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Gayle said that parents with children at the center have been advised to seek testing at their discretion.

The center had been closed the entire month of April and re-opened May 1. Since re-opening, all parents, staff and children are required to undergo daily temperature checks when coming to the center. There has also been increased hand-washing and hand sanitizers available.

The vast majority of children with special developmental needs, who also normally attend, had not yet returned to campus, Gayle said. They are continuing to receive teletherapy at home. The center has 132 children.

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