Public health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at a second center in Sault Ste. Marie primary school.
Algoma Public Health (APH) has officially declared an epidemic at Grand View Public School, the Algoma District School Board said in a press release on Sunday.
“As per the guidelines of the provincial Ministry of Education, an epidemic is declared in a school once it is determined that in a period of 14 days, two people have tested positive for COVID-19 and that at least one case could reasonably have acquired the infection in the middle school, and there are characteristics that connect the two cases, ”the school board said.
The number of cases linked to the epidemic is not yet known.
Health authorities continue to monitor the situation.
COVID-19 infection has also been confirmed at East View Public School.
“In both schools, all high-risk close contacts will be identified and contacted by APH and will receive instructions regarding COVID-19 testing and self-isolation requirements. Due to the number of contacts and possible exposures, the direction / instruction may take some time. a few days, ”the school board said. “If families at Grand View and East View public schools have not received a letter or have not been directly contacted by APH, they do not need to have their child tested unless they have symptoms associated with COVID-19. “
All students and staff at a school affected by an outbreak should watch for symptoms of COVID-19, if they develop, isolate themselves immediately and get tested. During the test, inform the assessment center that they are associated with the school.
Over the weekend, Algoma Public Health confirmed 15 more cases in Sault Ste. Marie, 13 of whom have been exposed through close contact, one through international travel, and one is unknown.
As of 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Algoma District has 57 active cases of COVID-19 and one infected person is hospitalized. Over the past week, 37 new cases have been confirmed in Sault Ste. Married.
An outbreak was declared at River View Public School and its associated daycare on October 21, and all students were transferred to e-learning after nine cases, eight students and one staff member were confirmed.
“Between July 1 and October 20, 86 cases of COVID-19 were reported in Algoma. Of these, 19 cases (22.1%) were fully vaccinated individuals and 67 cases (77.9%) were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, ”said the APH.
Of those 12 years and older eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Algoma District, 85.4% are fully vaccinated with two doses. The vaccination rate among the total population with two doses is 76 percent.