San Tan Foothills High School closes after coronavirus outbreak

(Facebook Photo/ San Tan Foothills High School)

PHOENIX – The Pinal County Health Department mandated the closure of a high school in San Tan Valley after a cluster of coronavirus cases were discovered at the high school.

San Tan Foothills High School will remain closed for onsite learning and activities through Oct. 21 to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus, according to PCHD.

The health department worked with the school over the last week to identify new cases and potential exposure, which were determined on Friday.

“The decision to close the school has not been taking lightly, but the primary mission of a Public Health Department is to protect the health of the community, and Pinal County Public Health believes closing onsite learning and activities at the school to be the most appropriate step in order to contain and stop the spread as quickly as possible,” the department said in a statement Sunday.

According to the school’s Facebook page, in-person learning resumed Oct. 5.

The department said they are working with San Tan Foothills to contact students and staff who may have been exposed and asking them to quarantine for 14 days.

If additional cases are found after Monday, the closure could be extended.

On Sunday, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported 597 new coronavirus cases and 0 new deaths, bringing the state’s documented totals to 225,575 COVID-19 infections and 5,759 fatalities.

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