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Osceola School District closing Tuesday after coronavirus patient visited

Osceola School District is located just across the Mississippi River.

Osceola School District has canceled classes and all after-school activities Tuesday after it was learned that a person with a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus visited the school over the weekend. 

"An individual who attended the Destination Imagination event at Osceola High School on Saturday, March 7, has a confirmed case of COVID-19. According to guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), spending time in the same indoor environment as persons known to have COVID-19 is considered a low risk of exposure to the virus," a statement from the district said

"While the risk to others is considered low, we cannot know for sure that there is absolutely no risk."

The district considers the situation to be "evolving" and future updates will be posted to the district's website.

Both Minnesota and Wisconsin have two confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus. 

Osceola School District sits on the east side of the St. Croix River on the Minnesota-Wisconsin border.

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In addition, the parent of a student at Eagle Creek Elementary School in Shakopee came into "close proximity" of a patient with a confirmed case of COVID-19, according to a release from Shakopee Public Schools. 

That parent is going into a self-quarantine for 14 days and if they develop a fever, their children will be asked to stay home. 

The parent's kids are also enrolled in Shakopee's Early Childhood Family Education program one day a week.

Shakopee Public Schools says that staff and students who feel ill, have a fever over 100, or are exhibiting flu-like symptoms should stay at home.

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