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New City School closes after parent was tested for coronavirus

New City School closes after parent was tested for coronavirus

New City School open for voting

A person casts their vote as another voter walks past at New City School in St. Louis on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. New City School stayed open for voting despite having closed to students after a parent of a student was reported to have been tested for coronavirus. The area that voting is being held was thoroughly disinfected according to Mayor Lyda Krewson. Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

UPDATED at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday with comments from the city health director.

ST. LOUIS — Classes were called off Tuesday at New City School after the parent of a student was tested for coronavirus, but not yet diagnosed, Mayor Lyda Krewson said on social media late Monday night.

City Health Director Fredrick Echols told Krewson that the family was not at school Monday. Echols ordered the family members to quarantine themselves.

Echols said he hopes to have the results Tuesday or Wednesday.

The school at 5209 Waterman Boulevard was serving as a polling place in the Central West End on Tuesday. Krewson said the facility had been thoroughly disinfected. She tweeted a photo of herself casting a ballot at the school.

Jacob Long, the mayor's spokesman, said city health officials will be monitoring the family to make sure they are quarantined. "There are regular check-ins" with the family, Long said.

Echols said the check-ins include having a city health employee call the family twice a day and the family members report their temperatures.

He said the parent didn't work at the school but didn't know whether the person may have volunteered there.

Echols refused to give the age of the parent. The person had traveled to an area where there is an ongoing transmission of coronavirus, but Echols declined to elaborate. He said he was being vague to protect the person's identity.

The head of New City School has not replied to an email seeking comment.

Long added that the Republican director of elections for St. Louis, Gary Stoff, called him before the polls were open Tuesday to let him know that the facility had been disinfected and was ready for voters. Stoff said voting is being done in the school's dining room.

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