MORRISTOWN, NJ - A member of the household of one the high school students has tested positive for COVID-19, announced the Morris School District. The students has developed symptoms as well and is assumed to be positive for the virus, they said.

"As you know, Friday, March 13, was the last day we held school in the district before the extended closure began", announced district officials. :As you know, Friday, March 13, was the last day we held school in the district before the extended closure began. The student in question was exposed to the virus prior to March 13 and was in attendance at school prior to March 13.  We have not received any reports of other students experiencing illnesses with symptoms resembling those of COVID-19. "The student in question was exposed to the virus prior to March 13 and was in attendance at school prior to March 13".  

"We have not received any reports of other students experiencing illnesses with symptoms resembling those of COVID-19", said the announcement.

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The district is asking students and family members to watch for the symptoms of COVID-19 which include fever, coughing and shortness of breath. If these symptoms arise, they are asking people to contact a medical provider.

 "It is likely that we will see additional positive cases in our local area", said school officials.  "Please remember to practice strict social distancing whenever possible and take other precautionary measures as recommended by the CDC and other health agencies, such as refraining from using public transportation, traveling, or visiting places where there are likely to be crowds.  Other guidelines include: washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; avoiding people who are sick; staying home if you are sick; covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or using the inside of your elbow; and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily".

"We will continue to monitor this situation and will share any new information we receive via the Coronavirus Update Center on the district website", they concluded.