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Letter: Family member of North Las Vegas elementary school student presumed positive for COVID-19

Posted at 9:06 AM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 23:36:43-04

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The school district confirms with 13 Action News that a family member of a North Las Vegas elementary school student is presumed positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

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On Sunday, a letter was sent out to parents and guardians of John Tartan Elementary School, near Tropical Parkway and Pecos Road, notifying them that a deep cleaning is underway on the campus, and reminding them of recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control to help prevent the spread.

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Schools across the state are currently closed until at least April 13.

The school board is holding an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss giving Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara emergency powers, likely allowing him to finalize plans for an online learning system. Watch the meeting live (or on demand once it is over) by clicking here.

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Read the full letter from Clark County School District to John Tartan Elementary School parents and guardians below.

March 22, 2020

The Clark County School District has learned that a member of the John Tartan Elementary School family is a presumptive positive for coronavirus.

We are working with the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) to identify anyone with close contact to the person while following federal privacy laws. Those in close contact with the patient will be contacted by SNHD.

Deep cleaning of the campus has already begun and the campus, like all Clark County School District schools, will remain closed through at least April 13, 2020.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

We know the entire community has questions about the next steps and, in cooperation with the SNHD, we will provide additional information as soon as possible.