High school remains open because there is no evidence of transmission, health unit says
A second student at Lo-Ellen Park High School has tested positive for COVID-19.
In a letter to parents, the Rainbow District School Board said students in two classes have been asked to self-isolate until November 4 inclusive. These students, their parents / guardians and relevant staff have been informed by the school.
The student self-isolates and is monitored by Public Health Sudbury & Districts.
As the situation evolves, the health unit said there was no evidence of transmission at the school at this time, and Lo-Ellen remains open.
Public Health will contact directly all parents / guardians of students and all school staff who have been identified as close contacts.
The first positive case in high school was reported on October 22.
A letter to parents from the health unit said, in general, for COVID-19, close contact is anyone who has been within two meters or six feet of an infected person without personal protective equipment (PPE). appropriate for at least 15 minutes during the infectivity time.
An infected person can spread COVID-19 48 hours (or two days) before the person exhibits symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19.
Passing a person down the hall is considered a low risk of spreading the virus.
Norm Blaseg, director of education, said in the letter that the board continues to work closely with the health unit and reminds parents and guardians to screen their children daily for symptoms of COVID-19.
As always, we will closely monitor our school population for any signs of COVID-19, remain vigilant and follow public health guidelines, he said.
Public health continues to investigate the situation, and if other risks to the school community are identified, they may impose additional measures, Blaseg said.