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RI School With Coronavirus Cases to Remain Closed Another Week

Saint Raphael Academy

A Catholic school in Rhode Island linked to three cases of coronavirus in New England will remain closed another week as roughly 200 people connected to a school trip to Italy have been quarantined.

Saint Raphael Academy in Pawtucket said in an announcement on its website Wednesday that all students who had contact with a faculty member who tested positive for the virus are being monitored until March 12.

The school near the Massachusetts border said it hopes to reopen on March 16.

School officials said the state hasn't required the school remain closed, but they've decided to take a ``conservative approach'' and are continuing to assign students online coursework through March 13.

The school has been closed since two cases of the virus were confirmed Sunday in a man in his 40s and a teenage student who had returned from the trip to Italy in mid-February.

The man is being treated at a hospital and school officials say the student attended school for a few days before becoming ill.

The third person who has since tested positive for the virus is a teacher at the school who is in her 20s and lives in Massachusetts.

All 38 people who took the trip including students and adult chaperones, were initially placed on a two-week home quarantine.

On Wednesday, state health officials said the number of people on home quarantine had grown to 200. All have some connection to the school trip, officials said.

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