COVID-19 outbreak in Chappaqua spreads to Pleasantville

Two students within the Pleasantville Union Free School District have tested positive for COVID-19.

News 12 Staff

Jul 1, 2020, 10:10 AM

Updated 1,420 days ago

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There are growing concerns in Westchester County as the number of cases in the Chappaqua coronavirus outbreak continues to increase and move to other communities.      
School officials say two students within the Pleasantville Union Free School District have tested positive for COVID-19. Westchester County health officials say those cases look to be connected to the outbreak in neighboring Chappaqua. 
In Chappaqua, the number of cases jumped from 14 to 19 in just 24 hours.
The outbreak started with a student from Chappaqua who traveled to Florida and later tested positive for COVID-19.
That student attended Horace Greeley's drive-in graduation at the Chappaqua train station and a graduation party, both held on June 20.  
Pleasantville's graduation was held at Pace University this past Friday night. 
Pleasantville school officials say Friday's graduation followed executive orders and health guidelines, with masks worn by staff and students and social distancing markers laid out. In a letter to families, Pleasantville Superintendent Mary Fox-Alter said, "during the ceremony that individual followed protocols and wore a mask."
Pleasantville Mayor Peter Scherer says the public has to keep their guard up, especially during times of celebration. 
"It's a source of great concern every time we see it anywhere, but it's a particular concern obviously when we see it among young folks. It's a group that by and large has been hard to get the message about social distancing and if there's any silver lining in this otherwise unhappy story, I hope....students and their parents pay more attention to social distancing," he says.
People who spoke with News 12 today say it is not east to closely monitor teenaged kids. "To have the summer off, there's probably a lack of summer jobs, camps and pools are closed, [so] it's a real serious challenge for parents," says David Goldberg, of Chappaqua. "It's hard with kids especially teenagers. I understand it's really hard to keep tabs on them all the time," adds Dan Gaffey, of Pleasantville.
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