ROXBURY, NJ – A person being treated for COVID-19 works in a township elementary school but is not a Roxbury resident, according to officials.
In a letter to parents, Roxbury Schools Superintendent Loretta Radulic said she received confirmation from Roxbury Health Officer Mark Caputo that “an employee in our Lincoln Roosevelt school tested positive for the coronavirus.”
The school, in Succasunna, has about 495 students in fifth and sixth grades.
Radulic said privacy laws precluded her from revealing any more information about the person. However, she said the district “will be sending out a letter to anyone who may have come in contact with this individual.”
Earlier this week, township officials said there was one Roxbury resident, a 66-year-old person, confirmed to be infected with the virus. Caputo, late Thursday, said the Lincoln-Roosevelt employee does not live in Roxbury.
He, and Roxbury Township Manager John Shepherd, said no other Roxbury COVID-19 cases have been confirmed.
Radulic, in her message, told parents it is “important to remember that people are most contagious at the height of illness or ‘actively sick’ as explained by the CDC at the following link: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#spreads.”
She did not say when the school worker is thought to have become ill. Roxbury closed all schools, for at least two weeks, on March 16. Students and teachers are engaging in remote learning.
The superintendent stressed that her message was “for notification purposes only and should not serve to increase fears, only awareness.”
She urged people to continue practicing social distancing and taking “precautionary measures.”
Some people in town have pointed out, on social media, that they are seeing groups of young people playing basketball and congregating at Horseshoe Lake Park despite warnings from officials about the need to refrain from group activities.
The township on Wednesday closed to the public the town hall, public works building and the township building at Horseshoe Lake Park. On Thursday, the township took things a step further: "Effective immediately, all township playgrounds, basketball courts and playing fields are closed to the public. Walking trails and passive recreation still available," said Shepherd in a statement issued shortly before 11 a.m.
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