Kingston Schools Food Service Suspended Because Of Coronavirus

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KINGSTON, NY — Food service for the Kingston City School District was suspended because a member of the Food Service Department tested positive for the new coronavirus. In a post on the district's website, school officials said the Ulster County Department of Health believes the test may be a false positive. It is sending the test result to the state laboratory for reexamination.

District officials said, out of an abundance of caution, food service operations are being suspended. Further communication as to when meal distribution will resume will be available soon.

"The safety of our staff, students and community is our number one priority," the district said in the post. "The Food Service kitchens, prep area and vehicles will all undergo both deep cleaning and disinfection. We will continue to work with the Health Department to ensure our facility is ready to resume operations as soon as possible," the post said.

The Kingston Emergency Food Collaborative has quickly assembled support for the district's families during the food services closure. They can pick up a meal, or send a friend or neighbor to pick up for your student, at one of the following locations Friday:

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Chambers Elementary

  • JFK Elementary

  • George Washington Elementary

4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Bailey Middle School

"KCSD would like to thank the Kingston Emergency Food Collaborative and all of the partners that were able to make this possible on such short notice: Salvation Army, People’s Place, Hudson Valley Current, and Family of Woodstock’s Everette Hodge Community Center," district officials said.

Other local food sources are available and can be viewed on the UlsterCorps website.

If anyone needs assistance finding an alternate food source, they should call of email the district's food services: 845-943-3663 or foodservice@kingstoncityschools.org.

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This article originally appeared on the Mid Hudson Valley Patch