Parents/guardians, staff and students at Glengarry District High School in Alexandria received notification on Friday that a total of three individuals at the school have tested positive for COVID-19 since February 11, 2021 and an outbreak is being declared. An outbreak is declared when 2 or more individuals have tested positive for COVID-19, at least one of which is linked to possible transmission at the school.
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is working closely with the school and is actively communicating with students and staff who have been identified as possible close contacts through high-risk exposures. Both the school and health unit are taking all necessary steps to prevent the further spread of the virus in the school and in the community.
The EOHU has determined that a school closure is not necessary at this time. The school will be open and operating on its regular schedule on Monday, Feb. 22.
Testing for COVID-19 is not recommended, unless you are experiencing symptoms or have been directed to get tested by public health. If symptoms develop, immediately self-isolate, contact the health unit and get tested at a local assessment centre.
The health unit and the school board do not release further details about COVID-19 cases in schools directly to the public. More information about COVID-19 cases in our schools can be found on our COVID-19 Advisory Information page, or on the Government of Ontario website.
Schools report confirmed COVID-19 cases to the provincial government, and it is tracked on the provincial website. It can take up to 24 to 48 hours for the information to be posted, based on the timing of reporting.