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Dearborn elementary school closed after staffer exposed to person with COVID-19

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Dearborn school officials announced Wednesday that the district is temporarily closing an elementary school after a staffer had been exposed to another person who tested positive for COVID-19.   

The school is the first in Michigan to be shut down due to a potential coronavirus exposure. 

Superintendent Glenn Maleyko tried to reassure parents during an evening news conference.

“The school is at a low risk,” says Maleyko. “However, out of an abundance of caution, we are going to close Whitmore-Bolles until the test results have been confirmed.”

The staffer’s test results are expected by late Thursday afternoon. 

No other school closures are planned in Dearborn. 

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Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.