Update on positive cases 9.15

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Below is an update on confirmed cases across the DOE from Tuesday, September 8 – the day staff returned to school buildings – through yesterday, Monday, September 14th. To date, action has been taken at 56 schools and only one school building has been closed. This number is a reflection of escalations to DOE last week and escalations to the Situation Room this week. 

Two cases in separate classrooms were identified within 7-days at PS 811X The Academy for Career and Living Skill on Longfellow Avenue, which reopened yesterday after a deep clean and investigation. All close contacts have been quarantined and no link was found between the two cases.  As previously shared today, two cases in separate classrooms at PS 139 are being investigated, and the building is closed for an initial 24 hour period. 

  1. 02M158                P.S. 158 Bayard Taylor
  2. 02M267                East Side Elementary School, PS 267
  3. 02M545                High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies
  4. 04M372               Esperanza Preparatory Academy
  5. 05M161                P.S. 161 Pedro Albizu Campos
  6. 06M278                Paula Hedbavny School
  7. 07X154                  P.S. 154 Jonathan D. Hyatt
  8. 08X130                  P.S. 130 Abram Stevens Hewitt
  9. 08X530                  Longwood Preparatory Academy
  10. 09X070                  P.S. 070 Max Shoenfeld
  11. 10X056                  P.S. 056 Norwood Heights
  12. 12X214                  P.S. 214
  13. 12X536                  P.S. 536
  14. 13K011                  P.S. 011 Purvis J. Behan
  15. 14K478                  The High School for Enterprise, Business and Technology
  16. 15K001                  P.S. 001 The Bergen
  17. 15K088                  J.H.S. 088 Peter Rouget
  18. 16K267                  M.S. 267 Math, Science & Technology
  19. 16K243                  P.S. 243 The Weeksville School
  20. 17K161                  P.S. 161 The Crown
  21. 19K214                  P.S. Michael Friedsam
  22. 19K149                  P.S. 149 Danny Kaye
  23. 19K618                  Academy of Innovative Technology
  24. 19K662                  Liberty Avenue Middle School
  25. 21K177                  P.S. 177 The Marlboro
  26. 21K228                  I.S. 228 David A. Boody
  27. 22K139                  P.S. 139 Alexine A. Fenty
  28. 22K361                  P.S. 361 East Flatbush Early Childhood School
  29. 27Q197                 P.S. 197 The Ocean School
  30. 28Q055                 P.S. 055 The Maure Magnet School of Communication Arts, Technology and Multimedia
  31. 28Q349                 P.S. 349 The Queens School for Leadership and Excellence
  32. 30Q084                 PS 84 Steinway
  33. 21K281                  I.S. 281 Joseph B. Cavallaro
  34. 21K097                  P.S. 97 The Highlawn
  35. 22K514                  Frederick Douglass Academy VII HS
  36. 26Q430                 Francis Lewis High School
  37. 27Q090                 P.S. 090 Horace Mann
  38. 30Q230                 I.S. 230
  39. 30Q111                 P.S. 111 Jacob Blackwell
  40. 31R078                  P.S. 78
  41. 31R058                  Space Shuttle Columbia School
  42. 31R440                  New Dorp High School
  43. 31R455                  Tottenville HS
  44. 31R062                  The Kathleen Grimm School for Leadership and Sustainability
  45. 31R013                  P.S. 13 ML Lindemeyer
  46. 32K377                  P.S. 377 Alejandrina B. De Gautier
  47. 32K549                  The Brooklyn School for Social Justice
  48. 75X811                  The Academy for Career and Living Skill
  49. 75×010                  75×010@817
  50. 75Q075                 75Q@276 Robert E. Peary School
  51. 75X186                  P186X Walter J. Damrosch School
  52. 79X695                  Passages Academy Bronx
  53. XALZ                       Mid-Bronx CCRP Early Childhood Center, Inc.
  54. XAVS                      Bedrock Preschool (NYCEEC)
  55. KCFA                       SCO Family of Services
  56. 75Q009                  P.S. 009 Walter Reed School

In all other instances through yesterday, schools have remained open. All individuals who have tested positive are isolating, and the Test & Trace Corps and the Department of Health are following up on all confirmed cases to identify close contacts and have instructed them to quarantine.

New York City has priority testing for students and staff at 22 sites, and we encourage everyone to get tested. For 98% of the tests at these sites, individuals have received a result within 48 hours. 

The total number of positive cases through priority testing of 17,000 staff members is also 56, and the positivity rate is .32 percent. These two numbers are not a direct overlap. It is not a direct match to priority testing results, because Situation Room escalations include laboratory confirmations from testing sites outside of the 22 priority sites. Certain priority site results came back before September 8, meaning they did not report to school, and no action was required for the school. These two data points are always going to be separate with some, but not complete, overlap. 

Beginning in October, all schools will have mandatory monthly random testing to continue to keep transmission low and our communities safe.

While we continue to navigate the realities of a pandemic, there will be positive cases—we are putting people’s health above everything else by quickly identifying and isolating positive cases to prevent further transmission. 

Test & Trace may confirm a case through routine contact tracing and inform the DOE, or an individual may self-report a case to their school. Beginning yesterday, school leaders can either call or email the Situation Room if they receive notice from a staff member, student, or parent/family member of a positive COVID-19 test or if a student or staff member is isolating or sent home with COVID-19 symptoms. School leaders are encouraged to contact the Situation Room if they have alerts, questions, or concerns related to responding to suspected or confirmed cases.

Upon reporting a possible case to the Situation Room, there is an investigation—first into whether or not the case is confirmed, and then for close contacts. All that is required for confirmation is lab documentation, which, if available can be verified within minutes. Schools will communicate to all families and students within school anytime a case is laboratory confirmed. Department of Health, in partnership with Test & Trace, conducts an investigation into any close contacts of confirmed cases, who are asked to quarantine and not report to school buildings. All close contacts are referred to Test and Trace for monitoring during their quarantine period.

These updates will be once daily moving forward to reflect the previous 24 hour period.

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