Montreal high school to close for two weeks after COVID-19 outbreak

Sep 17 2020, 9:05 am

Herzliah High School located in the Snowdon neighbourhood of the Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough is sending students home for two weeks after several students tested positive for COVID-19.

The private Jewish high school had 15 students test positive for the virus, according to Montreal’s Regional Public Health Director, Dr. Mylène Drouin.

At a press conference in Montreal on Thursday, Drouin said the school has authorized all students to learn online until October 5, following the Jewish holiday Sukkot.

Drouin said public health initially blamed the source of the transmission to an early September bar mitzvah but Herzliah High School says “it’s a possibility” the outbreak occurred within its walls.

Drouin said one class at the high school had eight students who tested positive for COVID-19.

On Wednesday, the Quebec government reported that there are now 223 schools across the province with at least one positive COVID-19 case.

A full list of infected Quebec schools can be found online.

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