COVID positive cases found at three East Providence Schools

At EPHS, Martin Middle and Kent Heights Elementary

By Mike Rego
Posted 10/11/20

EAST PROVIDENCE — Students or staff at three schools in city were among the latest buildings affected by COVID-19, Superintendent Kathryn Crowley reported Sunday night, Oct. 11.

As is the …

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COVID positive cases found at three East Providence Schools

At EPHS, Martin Middle and Kent Heights Elementary

Posted

EAST PROVIDENCE — Students or staff at three schools in city were among the latest buildings affected by COVID-19, Superintendent Kathryn Crowley reported Sunday night, Oct. 11.

As is the practice, the Rhode Island Department of Health oversaw the testing and contract tracing procedures. The superintendent was notified of the results earlier Sunday.

The RIDOH confirmed the first case of an in-person instructor testing positive at a building, East Providence High School. The teacher and two other staff members in close contact are now quarantining for a period of 14 days. No students were affected.

At Martin Middle School, a staff member tested positive on Friday. That person and six other staff members, who were only in the building Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 5 and 6, of last week, are in quarantine. Like at the high school, no students were in contact with the positive case.

And at Kent Heights Elementary, one student tested positive. The child and her siblings, who also attend Kent Heights and Martin, are in quarantine. The positive pupil, like all students, took instruction via distance learning last Wednesday, Oct. 7, and did not return to the building the rest of the week.

This was the fourth week in a row, the district had reported positive cases dating back to mid-September when an outbreak at Providence College, where two students teachers attend, was discovered. The following week, students participating in the distance learning program tested positive. Two weeks ago, the first pupil attending classes in person had a positive result.

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