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Penfield reports fourth student tests positive for COVID-19

Penfield reports fourth student tests positive for COVID-19 Photo: News10NBC.

WHECTV
Updated: September 29, 2020 07:14 PM
Created: September 29, 2020 04:44 PM

PENFIELD, N.Y. (WHEC) — A fourth student in Penfield has tested positive for COVID-19.

The student last attended Penfield High School on Tuesday, Sept. 22 according to a statement from the district.

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The Monroe County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) determined that the student was exposed to the virus outside of school, and that they did not expose others to the virus while in school.

The MCDPH has contacted anyone who may have been exposed to the virus outside of school and they have been put into mandatory quarantine.

The state is reporting that this is the fourth case in the Penfield School District.

The district said, in part:

“Now that we have had our first few positive cases, we have received a number of questions regarding exposure. According to the MCDPH, exposure can occur when an infected individual is within six feet of another individual for more than 15 minutes, and one or both of them are not wearing masks.

“We’ve also been asked why we haven’t closed school. To date, the exposures have all occurred outside of school. Because of our school protocols, including wearing masks and social distancing, the risk of exposure in school is very low and the MCDPH has not recommended that we close school.

“We understand that these messages may raise your level of concern, but please be assured that we are working very closely with the MCDPH on every case and following their protocols.”


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