OXFORD MILLS — The Upper Canada District School Board reports a positive COVID-19 test in one person at Oxford-on-Rideau Public School. The Board will not elaborate if the infected individual — whose test result came to light over the weekend — is a student or staff member.
The school southwest of Kemptville remains open and the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit has indicated no need to change its schedule or routines, according to the Board in a press release issued today. “Parents and staff are encouraged to continue with daily health screening using the provincial screening tool and to practice good hand hygiene.”
Parents and staff received notification Saturday, Oct. 17 about the level of risk, guidance and next steps to take.
“We are very fortunate to have such dedicated and professional school staff when we get information like this,” says Marsha McNair, Acting Superintendent of Schools and School Operations. “The safety of our students and staff remains a priority for us. We take our lead from public health in all aspects involving case management, communication updates and site support, knowing that each situation that any school encounters will be unique.”
“We were able to quickly work with the school and identify anyone who was a close contact to the person, and therefore high risk,” confirmed Dr. Paula Stewart, Chief Medical Officer of Health with the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit. “This is a good reminder to continue to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”
It’s expected the province’s COVID-19 website will soon report if this case was a student or staff member.
Under provincial rules, two cases are required for a school to be accorded “outbreak” status.