9 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Edmonton schools as 2 more report outbreaks

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EDMONTON – The Edmonton Public Schools Board on Thursday reported five new cases of COVID-19 in its schools. A person from the John D. Bracco School tested positive Wednesday. Two staff and 25 students in a grade 8 class are now self-isolating at home for 14 days and monitoring symptoms.

Another person from Vimy Ridge School also tested positive on Wednesday. A staff member and 16 grade 9 students are isolating themselves at home and monitoring symptoms. Because another case was found at school earlier this week, it is classified as an epidemic.

An additional case has also been detected at Center High, but according to the school board, no additional person in the school needs to self-isolate. An epidemic was declared at Center High earlier this week.

Also on Wednesday, two people from McNally School tested positive. Four staff members and 55 Grade 12 students are now self-isolating at home for 14 days and monitoring symptoms. This is also classified as an epidemic.

Edmonton Catholic Schools also reported four more cases on Thursday.

On Wednesday, someone from St. Cecilia School, St. Oscar Romero, Cardinal Collins Mill Woods, and the LINC Program One World Center tested positive.

The council said that on Wednesday 14 Catholic schools or sites had reported cases.

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, confirmed Thursday that there have been 64 cases in 48 schools in Alberta while they were infectious and 10 outbreaks. So far, there is no evidence of transmission in schools.

Anyone who needs additional information or support from Alberta Health Services should call 811.

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