STARK COUNTY, Ohio — A student at Perry High School is currently under self-quarantine after learning they had come into contact with someone why has since tested positive for coronavirus.
The student does not appear to be displaying any symptoms at this time, and the school district says all classes will be in session Thursday. Administrators say they have been in contact with public health officials and will take additional disinfecting measures in classrooms.
The state of Ohio has so far confirmed four cases of coronavirus (three in Cuyahoga County, one in Stark County), and a hospital in Warren also says it is treating a patient. Gov. Mike DeWine has declared a state of emergency, and has said he will issue an order banning mass gatherings throughout the state.
The coronavirus pandemic has so far killed more than 4,600 people worldwide, including 38 in the United States. Perry Local Schools is encouraging students and others to continue to take the following measures:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing; using the restroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol base.
- Stay home when you are sick. Students should not return to school until they have been fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue directly into the trash. If a tissue is not available, use the bend of your elbow.