Bronx school closes after two staffers test positive for COVID; 17 other DOE staffers have tested positive across NYC

A Bronx elementary school had to be shut down after the city Education Department confirmed two people there tested positive for coronavirus.

The school, PS 811X in Crotona Park, will remain closed for 24 hours under city COVID protocols that dictate closure when two cases are confirmed within seven days of each other in the same location.

“As we get ready for in-person learning, we’ll stop at nothing to ensure principals, teachers and school staff have the protections they need to stay safe and prepare for the school year,” said Education Department spokeswoman Miranda Barbot. “We are putting people’s health above everything else by quickly identifying and isolating positive cases.”

The Department of Education also confirmed Friday that a total of 17 other school workers throughout the city have tested positive since returning to work.

The schools they work in did not however meet the threshold requirements for closure because they were isolated to one worker per individual school.

Barbot declined to name the 17 other schools where workers tested positive, but noted that those employees are self-isolating and the city’s Test & Trace Corps is investigating all confirmed cases to determine whether anyone connected to them needs to quarantine.

The Department of Education has so far tested approximately 15,000 staff members with most results coming back within 48 hours.

Testing is free and available to all DOE employees. Mandatory random testing will begin on Oct. 1.

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