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HISD reports first COVID-19 cases since start of school year

HISD said one individual at the Sanctuary of Learning site at Trinity United Methodist Church and another at Seguin Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19.

HOUSTON — UPDATE - FRIDAY, SEPT. 11, 2020: After announcing the first cases of coronavirus within the Houston Independent School District on Thursday, HISD on Friday announced additional cases.

"The following HISD locations have confirmed positive COVID-19 cases: Briargrove, Janowski, Marshall, K. Smith and Sutton elementary schools, Henry Middle School, Lamar High School and the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center," the school announced in a statement.

 "Individuals who may have been exposed will be notified by the district and are recommended to self-quarantine for 14 days and get tested for COVID-19 if they begin to exhibit symptoms. 

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"Out of an abundance of caution, it is recommended that any individual who may have been exposed get tested for COVID-19 if they begin to exhibit symptoms.

"Per the HISD Communicable Disease Plan, each location will be sanitized and deep cleaned. We are taking this situation seriously and will be working closely with the Houston Health Department to identify any student or staff member who should be tested for COVID-19."

PREVIOUSLY: Houston ISD on Thursday reported its first two COVID-19 cases since school started this week.

The district said one individual at the Sanctuary of Learning site at Trinity United Methodist Church and another at Seguin Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19.

Seguin Elementary is one of the district’s select campuses open to support families who do not have access to technology needed for online learning. Trinity United Methodist Church has partnered with HISD to host students for online learning.

HISD said individuals who may have been exposed will be notified by the district. They are recommended to self-quarantine for 14 days and get tested for COVID-19 if they show symptoms.

Each location will be sanitized and deep-cleaned per the HISD Communicable Disease Plan. The district said it is taking this situation seriously and will be working closely with the Houston Health Department to identify any student or staff member who should be tested for COVID-19.

HISD started online learning this week and is tentatively set to begin limited on-campus instruction Oct. 19. Remote learning could be extended through the end of October.