A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Lord Strathcona Public School, an elementary school located on McMahon Street in central Kingston.
According to Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL & A) Public Health, although the outbreak was declared today, it affects seven cases and only three of those cases are currently active. According to data reported by the Limestone District School Board (LDSB), the first case of COVID-19 was reported to school (in terms of this outbreak) on Monday, November 22, 2021. The detection of this case resulted in a cohort class isolator, however, another student in that cohort tested positive for COVID-19 the next day.
Another case was detected within the school on Saturday, November 27, 2021, however, this case posed no risk to the school, according to the LDSB. Then, on Sunday, November 28, 2021, two other cases were detected, causing the declaration of an epidemic. As a result, two more class cohorts are now isolating themselves, according to the LDSB, and the school remains open.
It is not clear why KFL & A Public Health reports this outbreak affects seven cases, while LDSB reports only five cases of COVID-19 that have been detected among the school population.
The Lord Strathcona Public School outbreak is one of 6 ongoing outbreaks within the LDSB, with 19 LDSB schools currently reporting active cases. These outbreaks affect 49 cases of the virus in total among students and / or staff, and 16 LDSB schools have reported cases detected since Monday, November 22, 2021. Another outbreak was reported today at JR public school Henderson.
As of Monday, November 29, 2021, there were over 300 active cases of COVID-19 in the KFL & A region.