Pinal County Public Health Department monitors COVID-19 cases at all schools in the county. During the past week, a cluster was identified at San Tan Foothills High School in San Tan Valley.
In-person instruction began Oct. 5 at Florence Unified School District.
With the school’s help, prompt identification of new cases and potential exposures were determined late on Friday, Oct. 9, according to a release from the county.
“Since then, public health department staff have been working closely with the school and the Florence Unified School District to evaluate the extent of the potential spread. After careful consideration, Pinal County Public Health has deemed the school’s onsite closure to begin contact tracing and quarantine as the most critical public health interventions to control an outbreak,” the release states.
San Tan Foothills High School staff and students who may have been exposed will be contacted and asked to quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure.
“Since the last known exposure was Oct. 7, the temporary on-site closure is from Monday, Oct. 12-Wednesday, Oct. 21. Should new school exposures be identified after the Oct. 7 date, the closure may be extended,” the release states.
“The decision to close the school has not been taken lightly, but the primary mission of a public health department is to protect the health of the community, and Pinal County Public Health believes closing on-site learning and activities at the school to be the most appropriate step in order to contain and stop the spread as quickly as possible,” according to the release.