Neshaminy High School will be closing Tuesday, Mar. 10 as a “precaution” after a student came into contact with a coronavirus carrier.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced three new cases of COVID-19 Monday, bringing the total to ten. One of the new cases is a cardiologist working for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the King of Prussia outpatient facility.
With the news comes the possibility they may have passed the virus onto patients and others. One person who was in direct contact with the cardiologist is a student at Neshaminy High School.
The Bucks County Department of Health has requested the student and two family members self-quarantine. Neshaminy School District Superintendent Joseph Jones sent out a statement Monday, announcing the high school’s closure Tuesday.
All classes at NHS are cancelled, along with afternoon and evening activities. During the closure, Jones says they will “thoroughly clean potentially affected areas of the
“We will continue to stay in contact with the Bucks County Department of Health as this situation unfolds,” said Jones. “The safety of our students and staff is the top priority of Neshaminy School District. We hope that by taking these measures now we can limit exposure to COVID-19. We appreciate your understanding and patience and will continue to provide updates.”
NHS’s closure comes just days after five schools in the Central Bucks School District closed this past Friday for coronavirus prevention. Health officials tested several students and staff Saturday for the virus.
Their test results came back negative, meaning their window for potential infection ends Monday evening. If they show no symptoms, they will have made it past the 14 day incubation period and be medically cleared.
Jones urged preventative measures, especially staying home when sick. The Bucks County Health Department advises the following actions as well:
- Frequent hand-washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoiding close contact (within six feet) with people who are sick
- Avoiding touching one’s eyes, nose and mouth
- Staying home when sick
- Covering one’s coughs or sneezes with a tissue and throwing the tissue in the trash
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces with household cleaning sprays or wipes