Hazen High School is closed Monday, March 2, after a student and their parent were both experienced flu-like symptoms and were tested for coronavirus, COVID-19. They are still awaiting the results of the test, which they took Saturday, Feb. 29.
Renton School District learned of this early Sunday morning, and in an email to the community stated that out of an abundance of caution, they will close the school on Monday so custodial staff can begin to clean and disinfect the school. This decision came after contacting Public Health Seattle & King County. All other Renton schools will be on regular schedule.
The student started experiencing flu symptoms on Wednesday afternoon, last week and did not attend school Thursday and Friday. The parent and student have self-quarantined in their home while awaiting the results of the test. The district will be contacting families of students and staff that may have been in contact with the student.
Throughout the district, custodians are routinely cleaning frequently touched surfaces at the schools including doorknobs, countertops, and are providing disposable wipes for the classrooms.
“We will take the necessary precautionary steps as our community faces this health challenge,” the school district email states.
The email says that if district community has any questions they can contact [email protected]
King County public health officials are asking the public to take the following steps to prevent the spread of the virus.
- Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.
- Stay home when sick
- Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including handwashing, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Check and subscribe to Public Health’s website (www.kingcounty.gov/COVID) or blog (www.kingcounty.gov)
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