Two individuals test positive at North Dundas District High School

North Dundas District High School. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

NORTH DUNDAS — Parents, guardians, staff and students at North Dundas District High School (NDDHS) received notification today that two individuals at the school have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is working closely with the school and all individuals who have been identified as possible close contacts through high-risk exposures have been contacted.

The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) says it’s working with the EOHU on “all necessary steps to prevent the further spread of the virus in the school and in the community. The school remains and operating on the regular daily schedule.”

The development follows word yesterday from the Eastern Ontario’s medical officer of health about a single student testing positive at Tagwi Secondary School in neighbouring North Stormont. The provincial coronavirus website indicates the case turned up in the intermediate school on the Tagwi campus.

The UCDSB has not yet indicated if the two cases at NDDHS represent students, staff or both.

The EOHU says it encourages parents and guardians to continue to use the COVID-19 School Screening Tool prior to each school day, as well as regular public health recommendations to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Testing for COVID-19 is not recommended unless the individual is experiencing symptoms or has 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, says the local health unit.

The EOHU and school board do not release details about school COVID-19 cases directly to the public — although Dr. Paul Roumeliotis often does offer more detail during his bi-weekly media briefings.

Schools report confirmed COVID-19 cases to the provincial government, which is tracked on the provincial website. However, it can take up to 24 to 48 hours for the information to be posted, based on the timing of reporting.

This article was edited to reflect the medical officer of health’s acknowledgement of a case at Tagwi, yesterday.

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