PORTSMOUTH — The school district on Tuesday received confirmation of two additional positive cases of COVID-19 at Portsmouth High School, Superintendent Thomas Kenworthy informed parents …
PORTSMOUTH — The school district on Tuesday received confirmation of two additional positive cases of COVID-19 at Portsmouth High School, Superintendent Thomas Kenworthy informed parents in an e-mail.
That brings the total number of positive cases at PHS to five, according to the district’s COVID dashboard. Of those, four individuals has positive confirmed cases and are currently isolating. Another has since recovered and has been cleared for return by the R.I. Department of Health (RIDOH).
According to Mr. Kenworthy, both of the new cases “are connected to previous cases and the students had been isolating and monitoring for symptoms.”
All information for the contact tracing investigations has been provided to RIDOH. “In the meantime, the school has been in contact with students and staff we are advising to stay home until RIDOH can complete those investigations,” the superintendent said. “At this time there is no further action required of anyone at PHS or the larger (district) community. If any further action is warranted a RIDOH and/or (district) official will be in contact.”
There have also been four positive COVID-19 tests confirmed at Melville Elementary School. Of those, one individual is still isolating and three have recovered and cleared for return by RIDOH.
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