COVID-19 outbreak forces 300 Minnesota students to quarantine
Three hundred students in Minnesota have been forced to quarantine after five just days of classes due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
Albert Lea Area Schools Superintendent Mike Funk told families on Thursday there were 36 coronavirus cases and 290 students in quarantine, KSMP-TV reported.
Classes are “significantly disrupted” and the school is making changes to its safety policies because of it.
Students from grades six through 12 will now have to wear masks at all times besides at lunch at least until mid-October when the policy is reevaluated, according to the local outlet.
Fans at indoor sporting events will need to wear masks as well.
When school began, masks were only a recommendation for students.
Since the outbreak did not affect the elementary school, kindergarteners through fifth-grade students only need to wear masks on school buses.
Outdoor sporting events will also not require any masks.
Students in quarantine who receive a negative COVID-19 test result and have no symptoms can return to school Monday.
The news comes after approximately 90,000 students in states across the U.S. have been forced to quarantine due to coronavirus outbreaks.
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