Port Washington High School Closes After 2 More Coronavirus Cases

Daniel Hampton
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PORT WASHINGTON, NY — Paul D. Shcreiber High School in Port Washington will close Thursday and Friday this week after officials said two students tested positive for the coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease.

School district officials notified the Nassau County Department of Health on Wednesday of the positive cases, superintendent Michael Hynes told the community in a letter. The school will shift to remote learning for the remainder of the week to allow adequate time for contact tracing.

"In accordance with our Re-Entry Plan, the NCDOH was contacted immediately to conduct a contact tracing investigation," Hynes said. "The District is following all building sanitizing and cleaning protocols. The building principal has already notified the parents of the affected classes."

Health officials will contact people who were in close contact with the infected students and inform them of their next steps.

The school district reported 28 COVID-19 cases from Sept. 8 to Nov. 10, 24 of whom were students, according to online state records. Schreiber accounts for half of the positive student tests.

The closure comes hours after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New York bars and restaurants that sell alcohol and gyms will soon have to close by 10 p.m. amid rising coronavirus cases. Furthermore, the state will limit private house parties to no more than 10 people. If a household contains more than 10 people, no more than those living in the household will be permitted.

The new rules go into effect Friday.

As Patch previously reported, the state's long expected rise in cases appears to have reached Long Island. The three-day average of Long Island's infection rate was at 1.3 percent on Oct. 26, hovering around the 1 percent mark maintained through the summer months and into the beginning of the school year. On Monday — just two weeks later — the rate leaped to 3.4 percent, with Suffolk County climbing to 3.8 percent and Nassau rising to 2.8 percent.

This article originally appeared on the Port Washington Patch