CLARK, NJ – One person has tested positive for COVID-19 in the Kumpf Middle School community according to Superintendent Ed Grande.   In a conversation on Monday, Grande said the school will be closed and students and staff will switch to full remote learning temporarily.

In a letter to parents, Grande said the school found out recently that a test taken by an individual on September 15, came back positive for the virus.  Grande said the standard 14-days from date of positivity would end September 28.  Since the school is already scheduled to be closed for Yom Kippur, they will reopen on Tuesday, September 29 instead.

Grande said those that are believed to have been in close contact with the individual that tested positive will be contacted separately by school officials.   He also said thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the exposed areas is being done now.

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In the meantime. Grande is asking parents to be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 in their child throughout the time of the closure.   The letter said, “symptoms can include but are not limited to fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain."  He directed those that think they may have the virus to contact their primary care provider for further instruction.

In Clark Township cumulatively since March there have been 281 positive case reports received, 279 cases interviewed, investigated and closed out. This includes, recovering, recovered and/or deceased.  There are two cases currently pending investigation according to Health Officer Nancy Raymond.

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