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Day Nursery of Abilene has closed temporarily two classrooms at its Orange Street Center because an enrolled child has tested positive for COVID-19.

The nonprofit daycare agency made the announcement Thursday evening in a Facebook post. The daycare was notified that day about the positive result. 

After consulting with the Abilene Taylor County Health Department and the nonprofit’s board of directors, “the decision was made to close the two potentially affected classrooms for a period of two weeks,” the post said.

The two classrooms at the Orange Street Center at 1450 North 17th St. are self-contained, the post said. 

Abilene day care: Day Nursery temporarily closes 1 facility due to 1 case

While all daycare staff and parents were notified, “only the children and staff in the preschool program will need to be quarantined to monitor their own health and remain in communication with their own physician and health department,” the post said. 

The children in the two classrooms will not be allowed to transfer to Day Nursery of Abilene’s three other locations at 3434 Sherry Lane, 1442 Vine St. and and 650 Cedar St. 

The post stated that Day Nursery of Abilene has been following guidelines from the local health department, Gov. Greg Abbott’s office and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

And, although the state’s Child Care Licensing division had lifted some of its enhanced requirements related to COVID-19, “Day Nursery has continued to follow those related to sanitization, daily health checks and limited access,” the post said.

Day Nursery of Abilene on April 21 closed for two weeks its Cedar Street location because a parent tested positive for the coronavirus COVID-19, according to Reporter-News files.

Laura Gutschke is a general assignment reporter and food columnist and manages online content for the Reporter-News.  If you appreciate locally driven news, you can support local journalists with a digital subscription to ReporterNews.com. 

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