November 29th, 2020

WCHS under watch status; other outbreaks and cases at area schools


By Herald on November 2, 2020.

Lethbridge Herald

Lethbridge School Division has received notice that Winston Churchill High School has been placed on Watch status.
Alberta Health declares Watch status when a school has five or more cases where COVID-19 could have been acquired or transmitted in the school.
As of Sunday, AHS has notified the school division that there are five COVID-19 cases at Winston Churchill High School. At this time, based on advice from AHS, Winston Churchill High School will remain open.
AHS has defined close contacts of the five cases within the school context, and those individuals have been contacted by the school through an emailed letter.

The school division also received notice that there is an outbreak at Wilson Middle School.
As of Sunday, AHS had notified the division that there are two COVID-19 cases at Wilson. At this time, based on advice from Alberta Education, Wilson Middle School was to remain open.

Galbraith Elementary School was notified by Alberta Health Services on Friday that they have identified one case of COVID-19 at the school. According to Lethbridge School Division, the school schedule was to proceed as normal for Monday.

The Holy Spirit Catholic School Division has been informed of two additional cases of COVID-19 at Catholic Central High School, which was declared as under outbreak status last week. The school division indicates that these additional cases are not the result of in-school transmission and are instead associated with cases outside of the school community.
All close contacts have been informed and are required to isolate while following the directives provided by Alberta Health Services.

As of Sunday, the Holy Spirit Catholic School Division was reporting six active cases at two school sites (CCH and St. Catherine School in Picture Butte), requiring the isolation of roughly 90 staff and students.

The Kainai Board of Education reported Sunday that due to the confirmation of a single positive case of COVID-19 Tatsikiisaapo’p Middle School will be closed from Nov. 2 through Nov. 6.
Blood Tribe officials from KBE, Blood Tribe Department of Health, Indigenous Services Canada – First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIB), and Blood Tribe Emergency Management have completed the contact tracing process and all close contacts have been notified and are in isolation. The closure of Tatsikiisaapo’p will allow for a thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the school as per Blood Tribe Department of Health, FNIB, AHS and KBE COVID-19 protocols.

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