Chicago Public School Employee Diagnosed with COVID-19; Vaughn Occupational High School Closed Next Week

A Chicago Public Schools (CPS) aide was diagnosed with the coronavirus (COVID-19), according to state and local officials presenting a news conference about 6:30 p.m. Friday March 6, 2020.

The patient, who recently toured on the Grand Princess cruise ship in California where she was possibly exposed, is a Chicago resident in her 50s and is a special education classroom assistant at Vaughn Occupational High School, 4355 N Linder Ave, Chicago.

The woman is hospitalized in stable condition. She recently disembarked from the Grand Princess cruise ship in California, where 21 people on board tested positive for the coronavirus. After returning home to Chicago, the patient went to work at Vaughn Occupational High School.

CPS Supt. Janice Jackson announced classes at the Vaughn Occupational High School will be canceled next week while the COVID-19 investigation is ongoing.

Supt. Jackson and other local officials stressed that the case is isolated, and they’re working to come up with a clear plan for students and employees. Contacts of students and employees will also need to be evaluated.

Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) research collective is reporting at 6:30 p.m. CT March 6, 2020 that 101,927 people have been have been confirmed to have tested positive worldwide. More than 3,400 people are known to have died worldwide since the outbreak is believed to have originated in China in early December 2019.

Illinois’ fifth coronavirus patient was released from a Chicago hospital Friday, March 6, 2020 and was quarantined at home. The male victim of COVID-19 is a Vanderbilt University student who studied abroad in Italy. Johns Hopkins CSSE reported 4,636 cases in Italy as of 6:30 p.m. CT March 6, 2020. All five previous Illinois patients have been released from the hospital or were allowed to self-quarantine at home.

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