“I am writing to share with you that KFL & A Public Health has identified the first positive and confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Limestone District School Board,” said LDSB Director of Education Krishna Burra, in an email release.
The statement did not disclose whether the confirmed case was a student or a staff member.
The case brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in elementary schools in the area to three, following earlier case announcements from the Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB) in two of its schools.
“This news is not unexpected and I recognize that receiving this information can be stressful,” said Burra. “When a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 is detected, KFL & A Public Health will work with the affected school to identify cohorts of students, staff and others who may have been in close contact with the person positive for COVID-19 at school, and / or during school transport (if applicable). Not all students or staff will be affected by a positive case. A positive case in a school does not mean the individual was exposed to COVID-19 at school. They may have been on display elsewhere in the community or outside of the KFL & A region. ”
“I urge you to continue to be vigilant,” Burra continued in the statement. “Everyone has a responsibility to self-test daily for symptoms of COVID-19, follow public health guidelines and stay home when sick. By working together, we can minimize community cases and keep our schools open for the important role they play for students and families.