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A third case at the Ivor Dent School was also confirmed by health officials on Monday. This case affects approximately 22 grade 4 and 5 students and two staff members.
Ross Sheppard High School is the first outbreak of COVID-19 at a school in Edmonton. An outbreak is defined by Alberta Health as having two cases in a school while being contagious within 14 days. Dr Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, said Monday the bar had been set low to declare an epidemic to contain the virus..
Edmonton Public Schools spokesperson Megan Normandeau said there had been one case each at Westmount Junior High School, Parkview School, Center High and Vimy Ridge
In total, there are nine cases related to public schools and around 441 people are in isolation.
Edmonton Catholic Schools spokeswoman Lori Nagy said on Tuesday there were a total of nine Catholic schools in Edmonton with at least one case and 62 people self-isolating.
Father Michael Troy, Louis St. Laurent, Archbishop MacDonald, St. Edmund, Holy Trinity, St. Justin, St. Catherine, and St. Joseph all have a case related to their school. Archbishop O’Leary has been linked with two cases.
Nagy said the cases at Archbishop O’Leary are not considered an epidemic because at least one of the cases was never contagious at school.
“They are considered two very separate cases by AHS and do not meet the criteria for an epidemic,” Nagy said in an email Monday.
Alberta Deputy Education Minister Andre Corbould said on Monday that about 98% of operating schools in Alberta had no identified cases.