Houston private school closes for 2 weeks over COVID-19 concerns

A private school in Houston is closing for two weeks due to concerns over COVID-19.

According to Saint Thomas' Episcopal School, the school will close immediately due to a student's possible exposure to the coronavirus.

Officials say a student at STE has a sibling at another school who had a possible exposure to the virus. The school says no student, faculty member or staff member has had direct exposure to COVID-19, but the administration made the decision to close the campus a few days ahead of Spring Break as a precautionary measure.

Classes are scheduled to resume on March 25.

So far, 14 confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the greater Houston area.

The latest is a presumptive case in Harris County that was reported Tuesday night. The woman in her 20s recently returned from Italy and exhibited mild flu-like symptoms, according to Harris County Public Health.

Montgomery County also reported its first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Officials say the man in his 40s is under isolation at a local hospital.