School safety agent tests positive for COVID-19 in Queens

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Posted at 2:45 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-15 14:45:19-04

WOODHAVEN, Queens — A school safety agent in Queens has tested positive for coronavirus, an Education Department spokesperson said Sunday.

The safety agent works at PS 306 in Woodhaven and was last at work on March 6, officials said.

Workers were set to do a deep cleaning on the building Sunday. The school is expected to be open on Monday, pending Health Department approval.

The announcement comes as calls grow to shut down schools amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee recommended parents keep their children home from school this week.

“I strongly urge all Queens families, in no uncertain terms, to keep all children home away from school this week,” Lee said in a statement on Sunday.

More than 300,000 people signed a petition to close public schools in the city.

Three people have died of novel coronavirus in New York and more than 720 people have tested positive for COVID-19.