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St. Louis school closes after coronavirus case

Report: Patient is sister of student at school
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Posted at 4:55 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 17:55:23-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One St. Louis school will be closed this week after the state's first "presumptive-positive" case of coronavirus was reported in the area.

Because of a spring break scheduled for the following week, students at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School will not return to class until March 23.

“While [St. Louis] County health officials are not recommending school closures, we have decided to cancel classes and school-related activities for the remainder of this week,” the school said on its website.

The school also will undergo "hospital-grade" cleaning, set to take place this week.

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According to a report from KSDK in St. Louis, Villa Duchesne canceled classes after learning the patient who tested “presumptive positive” for COVID-19 is the sister of a student there. An email to parents said the student and her father attended a father-daughter dance on Saturday night before learning of the diagnosis, according to the report.

On Saturday, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said the St. Louis County woman is in her 20s and had recently traveled to Italy.

Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School, a Catholic school, said that anyone who may have come into contact with family members who are not showing symptoms do not need to take special precautions.

Anyone with questions should call the St. Louis County hotline at 314-615-2660.