NJ high school temporarily closes after 2 test positive for COVID-19

Lenape High School
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By 1010 WINS

MEDFORD, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- A New Jersey high school temporarily closed its doors and shifted to virtual learning on Friday after two people tested positive for COVID-19. 

Lenape High School in Burlington County sent a letter to students, parents and staff members on Thursday informing them that someone had tested positive for COVID-19. On Friday, the school building temporarily shuttered after a second person tested positive, Principal Tony Cattani said in a follow-up letter

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the two people who tested positive were students, teachers or other staff members. 

“We are advised to take tomorrow and the weekend to learn more about a possible connection between the two cases and determine next steps,” Cattani wrote. “The information will help guide the decision about whether Lenape may close for a longer period of time.” 

The school also suspended all extracurricular activities, he said. 

Statewide, New Jersey reported 519 new COVID-19 cases and five new deaths on Friday, bringing its case total to 198,848 and its death toll to 14,270, Gov. Phil Murphy said. 

As of Thursday, 413 people in the state were hospitalized with confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases, 73 of whom were in intensive care units and 36 of whom were on ventilators, Murphy said.