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Outbreak Declared In Classroom Cohort At General Brock Public School

Tuesday December 8th, 2020, 11:27am


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The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has declared an outbreak of COVID-19 within a cohort at General Brock Public School.

Officials say there are currently at least two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a single classroom.

The Health Unit says based on provincial direction, a school outbreak is declared if there are two or more cases in a school and if there is evidence that at least one case could have been infected in the school.

Officials say the outbreak is limited to a single cohort that was already dismissed last week and that the entire class cohort is considered high-risk for exposure to COVID-19. Those in the cohort were asked to isolate for 14 days and get tested for COVID-19.

The Health Unit says all other students and staff at the school are deemed low-risk and can continue to attend school. They say all students and staff are being asked to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and contact their health care provider and/or assessment centre if they develop symptoms.

“It is essential for the students to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms every day,” says Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health. “If you have any symptoms, go get tested.”

Superintendent of Education, Sharon Pyke, says the school board is working closely with the Health Unit.

“The health and safety of students and staff remains our first priority and we continue to inform the school community and implement all health and safety protocols, including enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of the entire school,” she said.

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