KOP doctor being treated for Coronavirus and Lower Merion School District closing schools for one day

Montgomery County officials have announced that there are now five people in the county who have presumptive cases of Coronavirus. One is in Lower Gwynedd, one in Worcester, two in Lower Merion (same house) and the latest is in Upper Merion. The Upper Merion case involves a male doctor who works at the Children Hospital of Philadelphia’s outpatient center in King of Prussia. He is being treated at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Below is today’s press conference with Montgomery County officials:

The Upper Merion case has led to the Lower Merion School District to close its schools for one day due to two students and one staff member who may have been exposed to the Coronavirus at the outpatient center. Below is the announcement from the school district:

The Lower Merion School District has been advised that two students and a staff member may have been exposed to COVID-19 during visits to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia facility in King of Prussia, where a healthcare provider has been diagnosed with COVID-19. As a precaution, those students and staff member are under quarantine for 14 days.

The Montgomery County Office of Public Health has advised us that the CDC says   these three individuals pose no risk of transmission, since they are not showing any symptoms. The District already has enhanced cleaning protocols in place. However, out of an abundance of caution,   all LMSD schools will be closed on Tuesday, March 10, 2020,   for additional sanitizing. Special attention will be given to public spaces and high-touch surfaces, such as keyboards, railings, door handles, etc.

We will provide an update as necessary.