COVID-19 outbreak reported in Lake Ronkonkoma elementary school

Two more COVID-19 cases were reported Wednesday at the Hiawatha Elementary School in Lake Ronkonkoma, bringing the total number of infections since Nov. 3 to 33.

News 12 Staff

Nov 11, 2021, 10:45 AM

Updated 887 days ago

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News 12 Long Island has learned about a COVID-19 outbreak at a school in the Sachem Central School District.
Two more COVID-19 cases were reported Wednesday at the Hiawatha Elementary School in Lake Ronkonkoma, bringing the total number of infections since Nov. 3 to 33.
On the Hiawatha Elementary School website, it reports there has been a total of 44 cases since Sept. 13, including teachers, students and staff.
Principal Joe Watson wrote a letter to parents, saying protocols have been put in place to keep students safe.
Sandra Golden has a fourth grader and kindergartener at the school.
"We are concerned," Golden says. "It's a little scary."
As News 12 has reported, cases of COVID-19 are on the rise again in the United States.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says this past week there was a more than 6% increase in cases from the week before.
The announcement comes as COVID-19 shots for ages 5 to 11 roll out across the country.
According to the White House COVID Task Force officials, nearly 1 million kids ages 5 to 11 have already had their first COVID-19 shot.
As a result of the outbreak, two kindergarten sections are currently on remote instruction, which began Nov. 8, 2021, according to the superintendent.
News 12 reached out to the school's public relations firm and is waiting to hear back.


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