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Student at Lanham elementary in Japan tested for coronavirus; kindergarten pupils told to stay home

Shirley Lanham Elementary School is at Naval Air Station Atsugi.

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 13, 2020

Note: This article has been corrected.

Parents of kindergarteners at Shirley Lanham Elementary School on Naval Air Facility Atsugi have been advised to keep their pupils at home after a report released by Defense Department school officials that one of Lanham’s students was tested for the coronavirus.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we are directing our kindergarten parents to keep their children home from school and avoid public locations, including the Child Development Center, until further notice,” said a memo sent by Department of Defense Education Activity-Japan and Atsugi medical officials.

The undated memo was authored by DODEA-Japan community superintendent Gregg G. Mowen and Atsugi branch health clinic senior medical officer Lt. Cmdr. Kyle Harvey. It was also posted to the school's Facebook page on Friday.

Parents and pupils experiencing symptoms are advised to contact the Atsugi branch medical clinic at DSN 264-3311 before arriving at the clinic, the memo stated.

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Correction: A previous version of this story said a student at Shirley Lanham Elementary School had tested positive for coronavirus. The report released by Defense Department school officials only said that one of Lanham’s students was tested for the coronavirus, not that the test result was positive.

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