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Eric DeGrechie, Managing Editor
9:14 am CDT March 9, 2020

UPDATE (3:15 p.m. Monday): School will remain closed Tuesday, March 10, for sanitizing purposes.

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Wilmette’s Loyola Academy is closed today Monday, March 9, after school officials announced a student and his family had contact with an individual that public health officials report had tested positive for COVID-19, coronavirus.

The announcement was made on the evening of Sunday, March 8, after the school was informed by public health officials of the situation. According to a release sent out by Loyola Academy and Principal Charles Heintz, health officials are awaiting final confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

According to the release, this individual that tested positive has not been on Loyola’s campus at any time. The Loyola student exposed to the coronavirus was in class through Friday, March 6. The Loyola student and the student’s family are now under a 14-day quarantine and are not manifesting symptoms of COVID-19. 

According to the release, no Loyola student or staff member has been diagnosed with COVID-19. 

“Based on conversations with medical experts, we believe the risk to Loyola students is very low, however, as a result of this one student’s exposure and out of an abundance of caution, classes will be cancelled tomorrow Monday, March 9,” Loyola Academy said in the release. 

According to the release, teachers will post academic assignments for R Day classes by 10 a.m. on Monday.

“We know this situation is unsettling. However, canceling school on Monday allows us to do an enhanced cleaning of the school and to consult further with public health officials,” school officials said in the release. “We will communicate with you on Monday about plans moving forward.”