November 25th, 2020

Seven-case outbreak in LC powerline program


By Jensen, Randy on November 3, 2020.

LETHBRIDGE HERALD

Lethbridge College announced on Sunday that an outbreak has been declared in the college’s Powerline Technician program with seven cases of COVID-19 being identified within the cohort.

The cohort has recently been in a college property that is not located on the main campus, the college said in a release. Some members of the cohort were also in the Instructional Building on Oct. 26 but remained in their cohort, meaning no one else in the building have been identified as close contacts. None of the cohort have recently been in the main connected part of the college campus.

The college has already contacted affected individuals on the direction of Alberta Health Services. The affected individuals are isolating at home, while the remainder of the cohort is quarantining in accordance with AHS guidelines.

Scheduled on-campus labs and classes are continuing at the college, with the exception of the affected cohort that has already been contacted separately and moved to online delivery.

The college has undertaken a thorough cleaning of the affected area under strict protocols to protect the caretaking staff.

Also on Sunday, AHS placed Winston Churchill High School on Watch status with five COVID-19 cases reported at the school. The Lethbridge School Division said, based on advice from AHS, the 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.

To ensure students remain connected to their teachers and to the school community, Churchill has a plan in place to deliver online education.

AHS has also declared an outbreak at Wilson Middle School with two cases while single cases have been reported at Galbraith Elementary and G.S. Lakie Middle School.

The Holy Spirit Catholic School Division announced on Sunday that two additional COVID cases have been reported at Catholic Central High School. The division was reassured the cases are not the result of in-school transmission and are instead associated with cases outside of the school community.

As of Sunday, Holy Spirit has 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 has announced that due to the confirmation of a single positive case of COVID-19 at Tatsikiisaapo’p Middle School (TMS), the school will be closed from Tuesday to Friday. 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 contact(s) have been notified and are in isolation.

Due to routine maintence to Alberta Health’s case data system, updated numbers for Friday through Sunday are not available. The next update will be this afternoon.

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