Rhema teacher tests positive for coronavirus, school program closed Monday

Rhema day camp employees taking precautions after teacher tests positive for coronavirus

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — A teacher at the school age program at Rhema Bible Church tested positive for coronavirus, prompting the church to close the program on Monday, a church official said.

Rev. Denise Burns, Executive Pastor & Family Ministries Pastor said the teacher called the church Saturday to tell them her test came back positive. The teacher had called out sick Thursday, Burns said.

Rhema notified their Oklahoma Department of Human Services representative and are closing Monday to clean every area, classroom and toy, Burns said.

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Burns said if there’s a coronavirus positive case in a child care facility the state says you are required to close down the center for two days.

“We work really hard to serve our community,” Burns said. “We want to be open, honest and transparent.”

Since the school age program opened back up, Rhema has lowered student ratios, spread out classrooms and takes the temperatures of teachers and students, Burns said.

Burns said there are 130 kids enrolled in the school aged program.

As of Sunday, state health officials say 1,564 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Tulsa County, including 220 people in Broken Arrow, where Rhema’s campus is located.

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