A total of 24 students are quarantining at home, after a staff person from A.A. Wright Public School in Wallaceburg tested positive for COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the active case count across Chatham-Kent continues to drop and currently sits at 17.
A.A. Wright Public School remains open
Public school board officials say the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit notified the Lambton Kent District School Board on February 23, 2021 that there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the A. A. Wright Public School community.
“Out of an abundance of caution, there were 24 students dismissed to quarantine as per the direction of Chatham-Kent Public Health,” Heather Hughes, public relations officer for the public school board, told the Sydenham Current.
“Due to privacy considerations, no more information can be provided. Chatham-Kent Public Health is working directly with the school community and is contacting any individuals (students and staff) who may have been in potential contact with the virus. Please note… the school is open.”
Hughes added: “All teachers have been asked to develop an online presence to facilitate student learning. Any students who are dismissed by Public Health to quarantine will have the opportunity to continue their learning remotely.”
In a letter posted on the A.A. Wright school website, Dr. David Colby, Medical Officer of Health for Chatham-Kent, said CK Public Health and/or Lambton Public Health will only call close contacts of confirmed cases.
“If you have not been contacted, you have not been in close contact with the confirmed case,” Dr. Colby said.
“As requested prior to the start of the school year, please continue to monitor your child for symptoms of COVID-19. If your child is ill, please keep them at home and call your health care provider or local health unit.”
Dr. Colby said people with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms.
“Some symptoms are similar to the common cold or flu,” he said.
“Symptoms range from mild — like the flu and other common respiratory infections — to severe. The most common symptoms include: fever, cough, difficulty breathing, change in smell or taste.”
Dr. Colby added: “The coronavirus spreads from close contact with the respiratory droplets of a person infected with COVID-19. Respiratory droplets can include coughing, sneezing, talking and normal breathing. It is possible for a person to get COVID-19 by touching surfaces that have the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.”
Hughes added the health and well-being of students and staff are the top priorities for the LKDSB and the LKDSB continues to follow the direction of Public Health.
“Families are encouraged to remain vigilant and follow the health and safety protocols in place to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19, including completing the daily school screening assessment tool,” she said.
“Together, we will continue to support a safe operation of schools.”
Public school board officials say there is one case among students in the WDSS school community, along with cases among students at Northern Collegiate Institute and Vocational School, McNaughton Avenue Public School, Lansdowne Public School, who also has one positive case among staff.
Active cases continue to drop in Chatham-Kent
The active COVID-19 case count has dropped by one and sits at 17 in Chatham-Kent.
The Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit updated their ‘current situation’ page, which provides a summary of COVID-19 cases and testing in Chatham-Kent, on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.
The total number of COVID-19 cases has increased by one and sits at 1,346 across Chatham-Kent.
CK Public Health officials say two people remain hospitalized with COVID-19 from Chatham-Kent.
Public health officials announced two more recoveries, bringing the total to 1,320.
Overall, there remains two active COVID-19 outbreaks across the community:
– Two institutional outbreaks: Fairfield Park in Wallaceburg, a total of 100 cases have been linked to this outbreak, and at the Medicine Unit at the CKHA, with 24 total cases.
Six active cases are linked to close contact, four are linked to institutional outbreaks in Chatham-Kent, four cases have information pending, two are unknown and one case is linked to institutional outbreaks outside of Chatham-Kent.
Since the pandemic began in March, nine people from Chatham-Kent have died from COVID-19.
A total of 80,365 tests for the virus have been completed to date.
A total of 914 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Chatham-Kent.
Beginning on February 16, 2021, Chatham-Kent moved to the ‘Red-Control’ tier of the Ontario framework.
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More details about the ‘Red-Control’ can be found below:
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To view the full ‘current situation’ page from CK Public Health, click here.
For more information about COVID-19, residents are asked to visit
http://www.ckpublichealth.com/covid19 or call the CK Public Health COVID-19 intake line at 519-355-1071 ex. 1900.