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Bronx campus remains open after teacher apparently tests positive for coronavirus

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Students and teachers at a Bronx campus are wondering why the school wasn't closed Friday after a teacher tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Department of Education tells News 12 they do not have a confirmed case, but News 12 spoke with that teacher who says he's got the document to prove it.

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"I got a call yesterday from the Montefiore lab that I tested positive for coronavirus," said the teacher, who wanted to remain anonymous.

The Crotona International High School teacher says his doctor faxed him to show school administrators that the novel coronavirus was detected. He says he contacted his principal immediately Thursday evening.

 The high school is housed inside the Grace Dodge campus on Crotona Avenue in Fordham, along with Bronx Academy for Software Engineering and the High School of Energy and Technology.

As of Friday morning, there was still no word from the city. Teachers of at least two of the schools reached out to students advising them to not go to school. They say that by late morning, the DOE got in touch and said the school would not be closing.

Other students and staff members say they feel worried and very much in limbo. The DOE has maintained that when a positive case of coronavirus is detected at a school, it will close for 24 hours for a deep clean.

School officials tell News 12 they do not have a confirmed case at Grace Dodge campus, but the teacher who says they have it is now in quarantine for 14 days. He tells News 12 at least 10 of his co-workers went to get tested.

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