Students at Cambridge elementary school told to self-isolate, declared high-risk

Students and staff in one class at a Cambridge elementary school have been asked to self-isolate after a classmate tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a release posted on St. Margaret Catholic elementary school’s website Tuesday.

The school says the students were dismissed after being identified as high-risk contacts and have been asked to self-isolate at home. In addition, parents/guardians of those who students who are considered high risk will be receiving calls from Waterloo Public Health.

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The update says that all other students and staff can still attend but are being asked to self-monitor and seek testing if symptoms develop.

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The school has not been placed under outbreak status as that requires two or more connected positive tests to occur at schools under Ontario guidelines.

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There are currently two outbreaks underway at Cardinal Leger and JF Carmichael, which are both elementary schools in Kitchener.

Read more: COVID-19 outbreak declared at Wilfrid Laurier University

There was also an outbreak in September at a high school in Kitchener which has ended.

Thus far, 25 students and three staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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