Today, Arlington County announced that an Arlington resident has tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-2019). This is the third presumptive positive result, with the other two being a Marine Base Quantico resident and Fairfax City resident. All three cases were exposed through international travel. As this public health situation evolves, APS is working closely with the Arlington County Public Health Division (ACPHD) and following the recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are monitoring COVID-19 developments on a daily basis and are in constant contact with health officials to assess any necessary changes to our procedures. As we shared in the community update on Friday, March 6, we are continuing to stress the importance of prevention in our schools through reminders about handwashing and other healthy behaviors, and we and are prepared in the event a closure or other change is required.
At this time, our schools remain open and there are no changes to school-sponsored activities. Any change to normal operating status would be based on a recommendation from health officials. We understand that the conversation surrounding COVID-19 is raising concerns for families and staff. We encourage all members of our school community to take care of your health and to consult a healthcare provider if you have any concerns. Continue to visit our website for the latest resources, information and updates.