The principal of the Catholic high school where Rhode Island’s first presumptive cases of coronavirus disease 2019 were identified on March 1 — following a student enrichment trip to three European countries — said Tuesday that students are continuing their education online while the school is closed for cleaning this week, and called for prayers for the staff member currently hospitalized with the illness.
Dan Richard, principal of St. Raphael Academy, said in an interview Tuesday with Rhode Island Catholic that a staff member who served as one of the chaperones on the three country trip is the first Centers for Disease Control confirmed positive case of COVID-19, first identified Sunday by the Rhode Island Department of Health.
“He is being hospitalized and prayers would be appreciated,” Richard said for the man, who is in his 40s.
Late Tuesday, the R.I. Department of Health advised the public that a Massachusetts resident in her 20s, who traveled with the St. Raphael group to Europe, has also tested presumptive positive for COVID-19, and is recovering at home.
The R.I. Department of Health first announced Sunday that a female St. Raphael student who traveled with the group also tested positive for COVID-19, and as of that day was resting at home with mild symptoms. As of Tuesday, CDC confirmation is still pending on her presumptive test results, and the R.I. Department of Health reports that she is recovering well.
Another individual, a woman in her 30s who does not work at St. Raphael Academy but who traveled with the group as a chaperone, was being tested Sunday for the coronavirus.