On Monday, March 9, 2020, a doctor at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in King of Prussia tested positive for the new and rapidly-spreading Coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus, which is a new strain of coronaviruses that has not been identified in humans until now.
The doctor in King of Prussia was in critical condition as of Monday, March 9. CHOP has been tracking the possible lines of contact that could further the spread of the virus. One possible line of contact was a student at Skippack Elementary, who was confirmed to be on the CHOP campus in the past week.
It is unconfirmed whether that student has been found positive for the virus, but the school is actively taking necessary precautions, such as moving many of the hand-sanitizer dispensers to popular locations in the high school, including outside of the office and in the library.
The faculty at Perkiomen Valley High School met for a brief meeting Tuesday morning to discuss the safety and sanitation of the district and the potential case in the elementary school.
In lieu of all the concern, superintendent Dr. Barbara Russell spoke at the first school board meeting in March about the coronavirus preparations the school district was making, but her online report states that virtual school is “unlikely”.
Following other schools in the area, including Norristown, Upper Merion and Lower Merion School Districts, Perkiomen Valley School District closed all buildings on Wednesday, March 11 for a deep cleansing of all facilities as a precaution. The closure was announced Tuesday night via the district’s phone call alert system.
The best thing people can do as a member of the PV community is wash their hands frequently with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds, says the Center for Disease Control. Additionally, officials recommend people remain at home if they are sick in order to avoid spreading disease in general.
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Sources: inquirer.com, cdc.gov, who.int, 6abc.com
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