2 Positive COVID-19 Cases Reported In Lindenhurst School District

Priscila Korb

LINDENHURST, NY — A Lindenhurst High School student and Lindenhurst Middle School staff member tested positive for coronavirus this week.

First on Tuesday, the school district announced that the employee tested positive for COVID-19 the day before.

"We have been in contact with the Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS), who has advised us that no contact tracing is necessary in this case, as the individual became symptomatic yesterday and has not been in school since Friday, Oct. 30," a message from Superintendent Daniel Giordano. "According to SCDHS guidelines, the identification of close contacts begins 48 hours before the teacher became symptomatic."

Then on Thursday, officials announced that the high school student tested positive for COVID-19.

"It is important to note that at no time during the 2020-21 academic year has the student entered the school building, as the individual participates in our full remote learning program," Giordano wrote.

Out of abundance of caution, officials contacted the New York State Department of Health, who informed the school district that since the student has not been inside the building, no further precautions were needed.

"We will continue to follow all necessary protocols and our custodial staff continues to work diligently to clean and disinfect all school spaces, so as to mitigate any exposure to students or staff," Giordano said. "As always, the health and safety of our students and staff is our foremost priority."

According to the New York State COVID-19 School Report Card, there are a total of 13 positive cases within the Lindenhurst School District as of Wednesday. The cases include four staff members at Albany Avenue Elementary School, three employees and one student at Lindenhurst Middle School, four students at Lindenhurst High School and one student at William Rall Elementary School.

This article originally appeared on the Lindenhurst Patch