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Updated: 22 positive Covid-19 cases reported at Hewlett-Woodmere School District in past week

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Since Nov. 29, there have been 22 confirmed cases of the coronavirus among students and staff in the Hewlett-Woodmere School District.

The positive Covid-19 tests since Nov. 29 include: 11 students at Hewlett High School, eight students at Woodmere Middle School, a student at Hewlett Elementary School and a staff member each at HES and Franklin Early Childhood Center.

In a Dec. 3 district-wide email, the district announced six additional cases as four students at Hewlett High, one student at WMS and one student at HES tested positive for Covid-19.

The email from district superintendent Dr. Ralph Marino Jr. stated that the individuals will not be permitted to return to the buildings for at least ten days from the start of symptoms, including at least 72 hours fever-free without medication. 

“Upon notification, the district immediately contacted the Nassau County Department of Health for guidance and notified those who needed to initiate quarantine,” Marino said in the email. “Three of the HHS students did not attend school while contagious. Any other individuals considered exposed will be notified by the NCDOH directly.”

According to Marino, the NCDOH has advised that the Hewlett High School, Woodmere Middle School, and Hewlett Elementary School can remain open. No other district buildings are affected from the positive tests.

Marino acknowledged that the recent Covid-19 cases in the district are a result of social gatherings at district residents homes.

“As the positivity rate in our community continues to rise, we ask that you exercise extreme caution when permitting your children to host or attend such social events,” he wrote. “Please know that there is nothing more important than the health and safety of our students and staff."