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Students, Faculty And Staff At Vaughn Occupational High School Advised To Stay Home After Aide's Coronavirus Diagnosis

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Vaughn Occupational High School will remain closed through March 18 after a special education classroom assistant tested positive for the coronavirus Friday.

That woman remains hospitalized but is stable, according to a video release from Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, and Dr. Janice Jackson, CEO of Chicago Public Schools.

The woman was last at Vaughn on March 4, which means the school must stay closed through March 18 in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is five days later than originally announced.

CDPH and CPS advise that all students, faculty and staff who were at the school between February 25 and March 6 remain quarantined at home and only leave to seek medical care. People who were not at the school on those dates are not restricted at this time.

CDPH and CPS are working to establish who had "close contact" with the patient and test for symptoms. Arwady said close contact means spending 10 minutes or more in a face-to-face interaction within six feet of the patient.

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