UPDATE: Centennial High food site worker tests negative for COVID-19; site to reopen Wednesday

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Centennial High School food distribution site will reopen Wednesday after a member tested negative for COVID-19, a letter from the CCSD school stated.

The site was closed on Sunday after members found out an employee working there had become ill. As a precaution, the site was closed and has been deep cleaned since the announcement was made.

Below is a letter that CCSD sent to parents on Tuesday:

As additional information has become available, we are sending this letter as a follow-up to the previous communication sent on April 5, 2020. 

The employee referenced as being ill has had a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test result reported. We took the proactive step of informing parents and employees about this situation out of an abundance of caution. We take the health and wellbeing of our community seriously.

Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We continue to ask that anyone working at this location in the future, like all work locations, maintain the social distancing and cleaning protocols already in place.   

The Centennial High School Food Distribution site will reopen on Wednesday, April 8 during its regular hours from 9 a.m. – noon.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

To find other CCSD distribution sites, click here. The sites are open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. during spring break.


Below is the full letter sent to parents on Sunday, April 5:

The Clark County School District has learned that a member of the CCSD Police Department who was assisting at the Centennial High School food distribution site has become ill. There has not been a presumptive positive for coronavirus at this time, however out of an abundance of caution, we are making you aware.

Therefore, the Centennial High School food distribution location will be closed until further notice. The site is being deep cleaned and the public will be made aware when the site reopens.  Also, Centennial’s technology deployment scheduled for Spring Break will be postponed until further notice

Those working at all food distribution sites, including Centennial High School have been utilizing gloves when distributing food. Furthermore, food items distributed at all food distribution sites are pre packaged at the Food Service Central Kitchen or individually wrapped from the manufacturer. Food items are not handled outside of their packaging by CCSD Food Service workers at the distribution sites. 

Out of an abundance of caution, since food distribution began, all food distribution site kitchens have been and will continue to be cleaned and sanitized no less than three times per day.

The Southern Nevada Health District has been consulted and has stated that there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is spreading through food. It is recommended that individuals thoroughly wash their hands, but there is no reason to disinfect groceries.

The Food Service workers who were working at the now closed Centennial High School food distribution location are not working at any other location and are being asked to monitor their health. 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

Should you have additional questions in regards to the coronavirus please contact the SNHD at 702-759-INFO (4636).

We will get through this together!

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