UPDATE 7:09 PM March 7
Politico is reporting that the first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in Washington, D.C., according to Mayor Muriel Bowser.
The public health lab at the D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences confirmed the “presumptive positive” test Saturday afternoon, Bowser said on Twitter.
Original Report 6:10 PM March 7
Despite an emergency declaration related to the spread of the coronavirus by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier today, approximately 200 students and faculty from Deerlake Middle School are still scheduled to leave on a field trip to the Big Apple Saturday evening.
The trip includes stops in Washington, D.C. and New York City. In New York City, students are slated to visit Times Square and attend a hockey game.
Reports indicate that twenty more people in New York have tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 76. In addition, Cuomo reported there are 11 confirmed cases in New York City, 57 in Westchester County, two in Rockland County, four in Nassau County, and two in Saratoga County.
Media reports stated that:
The governor declares a state of emergency when they believe a disaster may be imminent or severe enough to require state aid to local officials. Declaring a state of emergency also authorizes the governor to quickly direct state agency resources to communities in need. In extraordinary circumstances, it may also enable the state to request federal assistance if the state doesn’t have enough resources to address or contain the emergency.
Schools around the country are wrestling with decisions related to international and domestic field trips due to the coronavirus.
It was reported that Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School’s annual field trip to the Model U.N. conference in New York City was recently canceled due to the coronavirus.
TR has reached out to various LCS officials, but have yet to receive any response.