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COVID-19: School Staff Members In Yonkers Test Positive

Two employees in the Yonkers school district tested positive for COVID-19.
Two employees in the Yonkers school district tested positive for COVID-19. Photo Credit: File

Two staff members working in a Westchester school district are among the latest to test positive for novel coronavirus.

The Yonkers School District issued an alert to parents notifying them that two members of the district's 12-month staff tested positive for COVID-19, though they have not been at work or in a school building for more than a week.

“Based on the directives from the New York State and Westchester County Health Departments, and the State Education Department, the Yonkers Public Schools medical staff notified the County Health Department and reported the case,” district officials announced.

It was unclear whether the staff member was a faculty member, administrator or another employee at the school.

Officials noted that the district cannot share specific information about individual staff members with the community. School buildings will now be sanitized and will undergo additional cleaning.

According to the CDC, symptoms of novel coronavirus include fevers, coughing, and shortness of breath.

Those symptoms typically take between two and 12 days to appear. Body aches, sore throat, and headaches are all also possible, but not guaranteed. Symptoms can last for up to a week or longer, depending on the severity of the case.

The virus first infects the cells lining one’s throat, airways, and lungs and turns them into "coronavirus factories" that spread a number of new viruses that go on to infect more cells in the body.

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