Close Newcomers Campus due to COVID-19 New case in surrounding area

Close Newcomers Campus due to COVID-19 New case in surrounding area

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Lewis Lin started this petition to Ms. Lilliam Katcher

Dear Newcomers High School,

Coronavirus is proven to be highly contagious. At the very beginning, China was not particularly concerned about the Coronavirus, and it was not until after the situation became more serious that everyone was required to stay home. When the disease spreads to other countries, the governments did not take steps to prevent it until it became serious. We have witnessed the entire process. Most of the countries now close all the schools and continue the courses online. Most workers work at home now too. This isolation method is extremely effective in controlling the spreading of the epidemic. Masks and hand sanitizers are only precautionary measures, but they cannot completely protect one from being infected. A temporary suspension is the best way! Interaction, especially in a closed place like school, can quickly lead to a dead chain of infection! This disease has a waiting period of at least 14 days, where no symptoms will be shown but the virus will keep spreading. Waiting to take actions until a confirmed case occur would be too late.

Now that South Korea and Italy have taken the same steps as China. The outbreak in United States and other European countries is not as severe. We sincerely wish our country can take the issue more seriously and prevent the issue from becoming worse, as it did in China, Italy, and South Korea. Precaution and taking steps to contain the disease save lives!

Currently in U.S., the number of cases is growing exponentially. Cases New York and Long Island are especially growing quickly. There are more than a hundred cases in NY and more than twenty in Nassau County. Two school bus drivers are confirmed to have the disease. Many universities and high schools in Long Island are closed too. These public and private institutions were already taking actions towards this situation. Newcomersshould take steps to protect the lives of its staff members, students, and their family. LIFE MATTERS! Thank you!

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