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Positive virus test result reported at Meco School

GLOVERSVILLE — Meco School, which serves as the site of one of HFM BOCES’ special education programs, is closed today after the district received notification late Tuesday of a confirmed positive coronavirus case by an individual from that location.

HFM BOCES announced the confirmed positive coronavirus case at Meco School and the resulting temporary closure of the building today in a press release.

“Late in the day on Tuesday, Sept. 15, HFM BOCES received notice of a positive COVID-19 test result at Meco School, which houses one of our special education programs,” the release states.

The release does not include any details regarding the infected individual, including whether it was a student or a staff member, due to privacy laws.

“Please note that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws restrict BOCES from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information, and we cannot identify anyone who has tested positive. We know, however, that it is important to keep everyone informed and will provide any additional updates as soon as possible,” the release states.

HFM BOCES is working with the Fulton County Health Department to conduct contact tracing to identify anyone who may have come into close contact with the individual who tested positive for the coronavirus.

The county health department will contact these individuals and advise them on the possible need to quarantine or be tested for the virus.

The district noted in the release that the decision to close Meco School today was made in consultation with the health department “out of an abundance of caution.”

The closure will provide time for contact tracing and for the building to undergo thorough cleaning.

Meco School is expected to reopen on Thursday pending further notification.

The release from HFM BOCES noted that anyone who is not contact by the health department during the contact tracing efforts related to the positive case at Meco School who would still like to be tested may contact their primary care specialist.

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