Murrieta Valley High School closed while school employee is tested for coronavirus

Photo courtesy of MVHS website Murrieta Valley High School will be closed until further notice after a school employee fell ill and is bein...

Photo courtesy of MVHS website

Murrieta Valley High School will be closed until further notice after a school employee fell ill and is being tested for the coronavirus (COVID-19), district officials announced.

In a statement released late Friday, Murrieta Valley Unified School District announced that the school is being closed "out of an abundance of caution". The school will be closed on Monday and will remain closed until testing of the employee is complete. Meanwhile, the school will be disinfected.

The employee, who has not been named because of privacy laws, recently traveled to a country with a known coronavirus outbreak.

In addition, Riverside County health officials have ordered 71 students to self-quarantine. These students may have come into contact with the employee, according to the MVUSD statement.

"While I want to reassure the students, family and staff at MVHS that the risk of transmission is low, I support the school district's decision to temporarily close the school until testing is complete," said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County public health officer.

Safety tips provided in the statement remind people to wash their hands often, cover sneezes and coughs, keep surfaces clean, and stay home if they are sick.



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