Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose closes after coronavirus alert
The Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose is closed until next week as a precaution after learning that one of its employees may have been exposed to the coronavirus.
The employee, who was reportedly exposed to someone who had tested positive for the coronavirus, was tested on Thursday March 5 and is still awaiting the results, museum public relations manager Cecilia Clark said.
Clark added that they had isolated the potential exhibit from museum staff and visitors as of Wednesday, March 4.
While the museum already has a strict cleaning and disinfection process, the museum closed on Thursday to assess its next steps.
âWe are looking at all of our protocols moving forward,â Clark said. âWe will clean and disinfect the entire museum with a third-party professional before opening to the public.â
The current plan is to reopen the Children’s Discovery Museum on Tuesday, March 10.
A museum employee may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and is awaiting test results. As a precaution for the safety and well-being of our community, we will be closed until Tuesday March 10. We work closely with @sccgov Public health service Thank you. pic.twitter.com/O5b6ll0HTZ
– Purple Museum (@PurpleMuseum) March 5, 2020
The San Francisco Exploratorium, while not fully closed, has decided to cut three hands-on exhibits and closed its popular Touch dome indefinitely due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. This is the first time that the reservation-only facility, which encourages visitors to explore various mazes and chambers through their sense of touch, has been closed for at least two decades, said Robyn Higdon, senior director of the museum’s visitor experience.
The Cantor Arts Center and Stanford University’s Anderson Collection have also canceled tours and public events until April 15, as part of a university-wide response to the coronavirus, which “encourages strongly Â»canceling or postponing gatherings of 150 or more people.
The first person to die from coronavirus in California was a 71-year-old man from Placer County who had cruised on the Grand Princess from San Francisco, Mexico. The number around the world continues to grow.
Chronicle editors Lily Janiak and Mariecar Mendoza contributed to this report.
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