No COVID-19 at Huffaker Elementary School, school reopens Monday

Published: Mar. 9, 2020 at 9:32 AM PDT
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March 6, 8:50 p.m. update:

No Huffaker Elementary School students tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Washoe County Health District said Friday. Class at Huffaker resumes Monday.

The Washoe County School District closed the school on Friday after one Huffaker student is a family member of the Washoe County man who has presumptively tested positive for COVID-19. That student and all other students who were tested did not have the virus.

“We are relieved that we received no additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 today,” District Health Officer Kevin Dick said in a statement. “The health district and Washoe County School District took extreme precaution by closing the school on Friday to prevent anyone from contracting the virus. I appreciate the cooperative effort of the school district to ensure the safety of those children and other members of our community.”

Interim school superintendent Kristen McNeill said parents, students and staff can be assured by the testing.

Original story:

Huffaker Elementary School will be closed Friday, March 6, due to an increased number of students with influenza-type symptoms, the Washoe County School District said Thursday.

The closure is under an abundance of caution, the school district said. The school is near Bartley Ranch Regional Park in southwest Reno.

The Washoe County District Health Department requested the closure.

“We are working with the health district to gather more information and guidance and will communicate with our Huffaker families and staff as soon as we have more information,” the school district said in a statement to the school families.

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