BREAKING: First case of COVID-19 confirmed in PAUSD

Ethan Chen, Webmaster and Staff Writer

A student at Ellen Fletcher Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first confirmed case of the virus in Palo Alto Unified School District, according to a press release today from the Office of the Superintendent.

The release comes a day after Santa Clara County issued a mandatory shelter-in-place order and adds to the total number of confirmed cases in the county, which according to the Santa Clara County Public Health Department was 155 as of 5 p.m. Monday.

“PAUSD has received our first confirmed case of COVID-19 involving a student from Fletcher Middle School,” the release stated. “County health officials have signaled that we should expect the virus to continue spreading for a period of time across Santa Clara County.”

The release goes on to affirm that the district will continue to notify all staff and families of any confirmed COVID-19 cases in the district.

Guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 are also included in the release. Among these are recommendations to stay away from hospitals unless absolutely necessary, avoid people who are ill, and follow CDC and previous district guidelines. A full list of these recommendations, along with the full email, can be found here.