The Near North District School Board on Sunday sent a note to parents and guardians of high school students in Chippewa advising them of a positive case of COVID-19 in high school.
“The Near North District School Board has been notified that a member of the Chippewa High School school community has tested positive for COVID-19,” the board said in an email Sunday afternoon.
The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit is currently investigating.
“The NNDSB works closely with the Health Unit to provide staff and student information for contact tracing (eg, attendance records, class lists, contact details for parents, etc.)” , continues the note.
The Health Unit said in its statement that the individual is known to be in close contact with another positive case of COVID-19 in our district and that there is no evidence to suggest that this case was exhibited at school. At present, there is no epidemic in the school.
“Our staff work with the school to provide important leadership in public health,” said Dr. Jim Chirico, Medical Officer of Health. “The Health Unit will contact the case’s close contacts to provide further guidance on isolation requirements and testing.”
The news comes on the same day that the Nipissing Parry Sound District Health Unit announced two new positive cases in the area, including an individual 19 years of age or younger and another aged 40 to 59. “And are both self-insulating.
The Commission adds that it cannot reveal the name of the infected person.
“Please note that the school board and the health unit are prohibited from sharing details with the public that could identify individuals in accordance with the Personal Health Information Protection Act,” the note continued.
The Council adds that all students and staff who are not directly contacted by the health unit have been deemed to have been at low risk in the case of COVID-19.
“Low-risk exposure includes transient interactions such as walking by a person with COVID-19, or being briefly in the same room with a person who has COVID-19,” the memo noted.
“In these situations, the probability of transmission of COVID-19 is very low; however, self-monitoring for symptoms is recommended. Self-isolation and testing are not recommended for low risk exposures. In consultation with the health unit, the decision was made. done to keep the school open, as the risk of transmitting COVID-19 to staff and students is very low at this time. Guard staff will perform an enhanced cleaning of the school and ensure that all staff and student areas have been thoroughly disinfected. ”
Anyone with questions or concerns can contact the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit at 1-800-563-2808.