Coronavirus outbreaks declared at two Edmonton schools

Sep 17 2020, 1:04 pm

Coronavirus outbreaks have been declared at two public schools in Edmonton, and a total of four schools have reported multiple infections among their students and staff.

The schools with multiple coronavirus cases are Centre High, Ross Sheppard High School, Vimy Ridge Academy, and McNally School.

“According to Alberta Health’s criteria, when there are two or more cases of individuals in a school within a 14-day period, they refer to it as an outbreak,” Edmonton Public Schools said in a news release.

However, Alberta Health’s website now contains a new provision for declaring an outbreak: there must be a possibility that the virus was acquired or transmitted at school.

Thus, only Centre High and Ross Sheppard have officially been named as outbreak locations. Both schools remain open.

Edmonton Public Schools also alerted families Thursday to a new case a the John D. Bracco School, a new case at Vimy Ridge Academy, a new case at Centre High, and two new cases at the McNally school.

More than a hundred students and staff across the city are currently in self-isolation because they were in contact with one of the sick individuals.



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