Roanoke childcare center explains how it’s keeping kids safe amid coronavirus pandemic


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Health officials say the delta variant of the coronavirus is disproportionately affecting children, and those under the age of 12 are more vulnerable because they are unable to get the vaccine.

Melrose Adventist Child Development Center says they are being extremely cautious because their facility is filled with 63 children at a time when there are multiple variants of the deadly virus circulating.

The childcare center says it’s constantly cleaning and steadily sanitizing and only allowing two parents inside the building at once. Health officials tell WFXR News that only staff and students are allowed behind a door that leads to the learning wing.

“We have other people’s children as well as our own children. So we just want to keep them safe,” said the director of daycare at Melrose Adventist Child Development, Natalie Bonilla. “What I tell the parents is if you, another sibling, grandma, granddaddy, someone doesn’t feel well and they’ve been around them please keep them at home.”

That is also what the director of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts is telling parents.

“It seems that a lot of parents are not necessarily understanding that when their children are in quarantine that doesn’t just mean they need to stay home from school. That means they need to stay home,” said the health director for the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts, Dr. Cynthia Morrow.

Dr. Morrow says children who are under isolation need to stay in their room and away from other people as much as possible, this includes any kind of social event.

“If they are on quarantine they need to stay home and not go to football games or to any social events, to birthday parties. There’s just too much disease activity going on,” said Dr. Morrow.

The workers at Melrose Adventist Child Development Center are well aware of the risk and that is why they are vowing to continue doing their part to create a safe environment for their young learners.

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