COVID-19: 11 new cases reported in area school district


With the holidays quickly approaching, an area school district faces a new outbreak of COVID-19 cases among students and staff as New York City grapples with the winter spike in infections.

In Rockland County, the South Orangetown Central School District issued an alert to the community that there were 11 newly confirmed COVID-19 infections reported in the district.

All 11 cases were reported in these schools:

  • South Orangetown College: Four, which were reported between Tuesday December 14 and Friday December 17;
  • William O. Schaefer Primary School: Three, which were reported between December 14 and 17;
  • Cottage Lane Primary School: Of them, which were reported between Monday, December 13 and December 17;
  • Tappan Zee High School: Of them, that were reported between Wednesday December 15 and December 17.

According to district officials, anyone who may have been in close contact has been called by health officials in the District or County of Rockland.

“The contact tracing is over,” they said. “Those identified as contacts are called by the district and may also receive a call from a Ministry of Health contact tracer.”

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