WESTFIELD, NJ — A staff member who works at two schools in Westfield — Lincoln and Jefferson — has tested positive for COVID-19 but was not exposed to students or other employees at either location, the school district superintendent said Tuesday.

The Westfield Regional Health Department determined through its interview with the staff member that the person had not had contact with the students or employees, and so consequently district schools will remain open, Superintendent Margaret Dolan said in an email to the school community.

“I can say that the staff member — who is self-isolating — was interviewed extensively by the health department,” Dolan said. “As is the case in all of our schools every day, every area in both Jefferson and Lincoln has been thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and sanitized.”

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Lincoln School is the district’s early childhood center for kindergarten and pre-K students. Jefferson is an elementary school.

The case reported Tuesday follows the two-week-long closure of Westfield High School last month due to seven coronavirus cases among Westfield High School students.

A school board meeting is scheduled for at 7 p.m. Tuesday. It will be held online.

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