DOE: 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students at Lanai High & Elementary

DOE: 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students at Lanai High & Elementary
Lanai High and Elementary School (Source: Hawaii News Now/file)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The number of students at Lanai High & Elementary School who have contracted COVID-19 has grown to 15, the Education Department reported Friday.

That figure is up from three earlier in the day.

In a news release Friday, the DOE said the school is “taking the necessary precautions including notifying potential close contacts and relaying information about the cases to the Department of Health. Professional cleaning and sanitization will be coordinated as needed.”

Officials also said impacted areas of campus will be closed for at least two weeks.

Lanai is scrambling to contain a growing outbreak of COVID-19 cases. Officials say a stay-at-home order for Lanai will go into effect Tuesday, and residents are urged to avoid gatherings.

Lanai High & Elementary is the island’s only public school and had been offered blended learning to students in lower grades.

On Wednesday, however, the state announced the school would move to full distance learning for all students.

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