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Raytown Schools food-service worker tests 'presumed positive' for COVID-19

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Posted at 8:08 PM, Mar 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 07:14:29-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A food service worker who had helped prepare meals at Raytown Middle School on March 23 has tested "presumed positive" for COVID-19, according to a statement on the Raytown C-2 School District website.

The individual was not on-site when meals were served on March 24. However, the district is suspending all meal distribution from March 30 - April 3.

The person “has sought medical treatment,” according to the statement.

“At this time, we are not aware of anyone else who works in the district or received a meal from Raytown Middle being presumed positive for, or showing symptoms of, COVID-19,” the statement read. “All staff was checked by district nurses prior to preparing and serving meals.”

Raytown C-2 School District contacted the Jackson County Health Department when officials learned about the diagnosis.

“We are working closely with medical authorities to determine our next steps,” the statement said.

According to the CDC’s website, there is no evidence the coronavirus spreads from food to people. The agency said it’s possible for someone to get COVID-19 by touching an object with the virus and then touching their mouth or nose. But doctors believe the virus mostly spreads by breathing it in through droplets in the air, not by touching it.

Raytown Middle School also will be closed from March 30 - April 3 and medication pickup on Monday will not be allowed.

More information about the district’s coronavirus response can be found online.