DERRY — A person in direct contact with Pinkerton Academy has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, the top school official there said.
On Sunday night, March 15, Pinkerton Headmaster Timothy Powers released the information via a statement to the school community, saying the school was notified by state officials that a person in “our daily school community” had been diagnosed with the virus.
According to Powers, the person had not been on the Pinkerton campus since the prior Tuesday.
About 3,200 students attend Pinkerton. They come from several communities, including Derry, Hampstead, Chester and Hooksett.
“The Department of Health and Human Services is conducting a contact investigation and any person who is identified as a close contact to this person will be notified directly by NH DHHS,” Powers said in the statement.
Anyone not notified as a direct contact is considered low risk but should monitor their own health for fever or respiratory illness, the statement said.
“We anticipate the exposure has been limited,” Powers said. “However, this is the time period when symptoms might start showing for those who might have had close contact, which is defined as several minutes of face-to-face interaction.”
Pinkerton and schools across the state will be closed for several weeks, as per Gov. Chris Sununu's recent declaration of emergency.
All campus events will also be canceled, including those involving outside parties, college fair, athletics and Stockbridge Theatre events.
No decisions on the annual junior prom or graduation ceremonies had been made as of the most recent school statement.
In the statement, Powers said he could not share more information and asked for community support in not speculating or spreading rumors.
“Let us rely on each other to respond to this latest challenge,” Powers said, adding he urged families to keep the school informed of the health of their students.
“It will take the cooperation of all of us to get through this,” he said.