Teenage student in school for 3 days before testing positive for Coronavirus, parents concerned
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WLNE) — The Saint Raphael Academy student who tested positive for Coronavirus was at school for three full days before testing positive for the Coronavirus, according to the department of health.
The student left school sick on February 27th and has been at home in quarantine since. She was tested on March 1st after a staff member tested positive for the virus on February 29th.
Both were part of a group of 38 people, a mix of chaperones and students, who traveled to Europe in mid-February on a school trip.
The staff member in his 40’s never returned to St. Ray’s after his trip. However, the students did, which has many parents concerned.
“The staff member never came to school,” Suzanne Arena, a parent with a child at St. Ray’s said. “However, they neglected to say all the children did.”
The school is closed for the rest of the week but Arena says it’s a little too late and many other children were already exposed.
She believes the school or the Department of Health should have notified parents and children on the trip as soon as the staff member was experiencing symptoms.
Instead, they were notified over the weekend when he tested positive for the virus in state labs.
“If you have a teacher or staff member that has symptoms, I’d pull all the students and say you can’t go to school.”
Information on coronavirus and preventative measures below:
For tips on prevention and treatment, click the link here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html
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The CDC’s protocol for what to do if you are experiencing symptoms is listed here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html
These are tips for giving care if someone in your household is infected: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html#precautions