BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Bridgewater-Raritan High School is reporting Friday that another individual has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to four positive cases at the school this week.

The district already shut down the school for 14 days, as of Friday, following a third positive case reported on Thursday.

According to a message from the district, all individuals required to quarantine have already been contacted by the local health department.

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"It is important to note the district is in direct contact with the local health department officials on every incident related to COVID-19, and is coordinating closely with public health officials and following CDC, state and local health department guidance in order to assure the health and safety of our community," the message said.

Below is the district's message in its entirety:

Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff: 

We were notified today that another individual at Bridgewater-Raritan High School has tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to four positive individuals at Bridgewater-Raritan High School this week. It is important to note the district is in direct contact with the local health department officials on every incident related to COVID-19, and is coordinating closely with public health officials and following CDC, state, and local health department guidance in order to assure the health and safety of our community. 

Based upon our consultation with the local health department, all individuals required to quarantine have already been contacted. 

We understand the level of concern regarding COVID-19. We encourage parents, students, and staff to continue following the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) promoted safeguards, such as:

• Staying home when you are sick;

• Washing hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds;

• Covering coughs and sneezes and properly disposing of tissues;

• Limiting close contact with people who are sick and not sharing food, drinks and utensils;

• Practicing social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart);

• Wearing a face covering while in school; and

• Continuing to monitor your health for symptoms. 

As always, we appreciate our community’s support and cooperation.  You can assist us by remaining vigilant, but sensible, in your approach to dealing with this health concern. We ask that parents rely on the school officials for accurate information about COVID-19.  Should you have any questions about this situation, please feel free to contact your child’s building principal. Below are some resources that may be helpful. 

RESOURCES

NJDOH COVID-19 Information for Communities and the General Public: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_community.shtml 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Information for Communities and the General Public:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/  

Sincerely, 

Dr. Thomas Ficarra
Interim Superintendent of Schools