Confirmed COVID Case Closes East Hampton Schools Wednesday

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A second coronavirus case at the East Hampton elementary school has led to the entire school district closing Wednesday.

In an email Tuesday afternoon, Adam Fine, the assistant district superintendent, said there was a confirmed case at the John M. Marshall Elementary School, the second in less than one week. On Saturday, Fine said the school had its first confirmed case, but determined no students or staff needed to be quarantined.

While Suffolk County Department of Health, again, advised school officials quarantining students and staff was not necessary, all three schools in the district were being closed out of an abundance of caution, he said. Students and staff will remain home and students will receive instruction remotely on Wednesday.

The latest student, whose age and grade was not disclosed publicly, did not come in close contact with any staff or students, Fine said, adding that close contact is defined as being within six feet of another person for 10 minutes.

The school was not required to have students and staff quarantine because of the precautions in place at JMMES, Fine said. “This includes required face coverings, social distancing and plexiglass barriers,” he said.

“Contact tracing has been completed by school personnel for up to 48 hours before the student exhibited any symptoms,” he added.

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