More coronavirus cases confirmed at St. Francis School in Calgary

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CALGARY – There are now three cases of COVID-19 at a Catholic school in Calgary, Alberta Health confirmed to CTV News on Friday. The province says all cases were discovered at St. Francis High School through rapid testing procedures.

“This quick response shows the system is working,” said Tom McMillan, assistant director of communications with Alberta Health, in an email to CTV News. “It relies on timely testing and isolating those exposed to limit the spread. ”

There is no confirmation as to whether the cases involve students or teachers at the school.

Alberta Health first reported a positive case of COVID-19 in a student attending summer school at the school on Tuesday.

At that time, the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) said it was working closely with Alberta Health Services (AHS) to track where and when the student contracted the disease.

CTV News has contacted CCSD regarding the new cases, but has not received a response.

NO DECLARED EPIDEMIC

Although there are three confirmed cases of COVID-19 at school, officials say it is still not a declared epidemic.

But that doesn’t mean AHS isn’t taking precautions.

“As in all cases, AHS is involved in contact tracing and making sure anyone at risk is isolated and tested, and works closely with the school. The school remains open and underwent an improved cleaning earlier in the week, ”McMillan said.

In-person summer classes resumed at two CCSD high schools earlier this month – 200 students attending St. Francis School and 150 attending Bishop O’Byrne High School.

Classes are limited to 15 students and desks are spaced at least two meters apart.

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