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Two COVID-19 cases at Vankleek Hill area elementary school

A parent has shared a letter with The Review from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) dated Wednesday, November 18 indicating that there are two positive cases of COVID-19 among individuals connected to St. Jude Catholic Elementary School near Vankleek Hill.

The cases are the first of their kind at a school in Champlain Township.

The letter to parents indicated that there was no COVID-19 exposure to students at the school.  As a result, students can continue to attend school and take part in normal activities.

The EOHU continues to closely trace contacts the positive cases had with other individuals.  Students do not need to be tested unless they have symptoms.

Two or more cases of COVID-19 at a school or childcare facility is considered an outbreak.

Initially, the Government of Ontario list of schools with COVID-19 cases showed just one case involving a student at St. Jude, but the letter shared by the parent confirms there are two cases.

As of November 19, the provincial list indicated cases of COVID-19 at the following other schools under EOHU jurisdiction.

One staff member at École secondaire catholique l’Éscale in Clarence-Rockland

Two students at École élémentaire publique Rose des Vents in Cornwall

Three students at École secondaire publique l’Héritage in Cornwall

One student at Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School

One student at Eamer’s Corners Public School in Cornwall

The Government of Ontario list reported active cases of COVID-19 at the following childcare facilities under EOHU jurisdiction on Tuesday, November 17.  Two or more cases per childcare facility is considered an official outbreak.

One child at A Child’s Secret Garden Daycare in Cornwall

One employee at Kawehnoke Child Care Centre in Akwesasne

James Morgan

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