Outbreak declared at Glengarry District High School as COVID-19 cases reach three; school staying open

ALEXANDRIA — Glengarry District High School has now reached “outbreak” status, as a third individual has tested positive for COVID-19, but the school is staying open, the Upper Canada District School Board announced today.

An outbreak is declared in a school setting when two or more individuals have tested positive for the virus, at least one of which is linked to possible transmission at the school. The Alexandria-based high school has recorded three positive tests since Feb. 11.

The UCDSB has assured the school community that 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.

The health unit encourages everyone to continue to follow public health recommendations to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and monitor for symptoms carefully.

The health unit and the school board do not release further details about COVID-19 cases in schools directly to the public.

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