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Wellesley resident tests positive for coronavirus, school officials say

The individual is a parent of children who attend Upham Elementary School and Wellesley Middle School.

A Wellesley resident has tested positive for the coronavirus, school district officials announced Friday.

Wellesley Superintendent David Lussier said in a message to the school community that the individual has children who attend  Upham Elementary School and Wellesley Middle School.

“It’s important to know that these children are showing no symptoms and are healthy,” Lussier wrote to the school community. “Out of an abundance of caution, we have made the proactive decision to release students early at Upham and WMS in order to fully clean and sanitize both buildings. With this in mind, we will begin the dismissal process at 11:45AM.”

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but, according to the agency’s website, there are now seven presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts and one confirmed case. State health officials had announced Thursday that there were three cases in the state.

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The school district said it is working “closely” with the Wellesley Health Department and local officials. Read the district’s full statement below:

Dear Upham and Wellesley Middle School Parents,

We learned a short while ago that a Wellesley resident has tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus.)  This individual is a parent of children who attend the Upham Elementary School and Wellesley Middle School.  It’s important to know that these children are showing no symptoms and are healthy. Out of an abundance of caution, we have made the proactive decision to release students early at Upham and WMS in order to fully clean and sanitize both buildings. With this in mind, we will begin the dismissal process at 11:45AM. We are working with our METCO Office on afternoon plans for our Boston resident students, and these details will be communicated directly to these families.  We are also working closely with the Wellesley Health Department and other Town officials and will be providing additional updates. 

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