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6 adults may have been exposed to asbestos in Coos Bay school building

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COOS BAY, Ore. -- Six people may have been exposed to asbestos after maintenance work in a classroom at the Harding Building next to Marshfield High School.

Asbestos fibers suspended in the air have been linked to cancer exposures.

The Coos Bay School District says they got a report on August 17 that floor tiles, believed to contain asbestos, had been sanded.

While the room was sealed, the district says six adults may have been exposed.

School superintendent Bryan Trendell says they are working with those adults to figure out what steps to take next.

He says appropriate measures have been taken to make the classroom safe for back to school.

"Once we became aware of what was going on we immediately began to deal with the situation appropriately, and it's been dealt with, and we got the all clear from Arcadia Environmental and we're going to be ready to go with no danger to any student or staff,” Trendell said.

Students and staff head back to school next week on Wednesday, September 6.

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