Arlington Elementary Student Tests Positive For Coronavirus

ARLINGTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — An elementary school student in Arlington tested presumptive positive for the coronavirus, prompting the school to close for cleaning and the student to be quarantined at home for two weeks.

Officials said the Stratton School was closed on Monday so workers could do a deep cleaning, while efforts got underway to identify people who had been in recent close contact with the student. About 30 students and staffers were identified and have been self-quarantined.

The student's parent, who attended the Biogen Conference last month at the Marriott Long Wharf in Boston, also tested presumptive positive for the virus. That conference is linked to 32 cases in the state.

Arlington Health and Human Services Director Christine Bongiorno said the school's deep cleaning was very thorough, applying an EPA-registered disinfectant twice.

"They used an electro-static spray gun to spray a solution that hit all of the surfaces on top and underneath in the classroom," she said.

Bongiorno said she's confident they are doing all they can to prevent the spread of the virus.

"I can say with certainty that we've been able to control this case," she added.

The Stratton School was back open Tuesday following its normal schedule. Officials say both parent and child are doing well.

WBZ NewsRadio's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports

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