LEVITTOWN, NY — After escaping September with no coronavirus cases, four on-site students at Gen. Douglas MacArthur High School have since tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, according to officials and state records.
An alert posted on the website for Levittown Public Schools said the district was notified Tuesday afternoon that two more people at the high school tested positive for the disease. One of them was in the building that day.
“Since the Department of Health needs time to conduct thorough contact tracing with respect to the people involved and out of an abundance of caution, MacArthur HS will be operating on a remote schedule tomorrow, Wednesday, October 7,” the district said at the time.
The state Department of Health’s Covid-19 Report Card for schools showed four students in all tested positive for the disease. Three were documented Tuesday and a fourth was logged Wednesday.
People who contracted the coronavirus cannot return to the building until they provide a negative test.
The cases come after the district said it learned Sept. 29 that a student at East Broadway School tested positive for the disease. In that case, the student was not in school that day and symptoms did not emerge until the previous Sunday, the alert said. Back to School Night at the school was postponed so the building could be cleaned and disinfected.
School districts across Long Island have seen coronavirus cases in the opening days and weeks of the new school year, including Mineola, Seaford, Syosset, Oyster Bay, New Hyde Park, Great Neck, Plainview and Hicksville.
This article originally appeared on the Levittown Patch