Confirmed case of COVID-19 at Algonquin daycare

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The Rainbow District School Board reported a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the preschool room at the daycare at Algonquin Road Public School on Tuesday.

All staff and the parents/guardians of children who are required to self-isolate have been notified, and Public Health Sudbury & Districts will follow up directly with close contacts.

“Public Health has advised the service provider that there is no evidence of transmission at this time,” said the Rainbow District School Board in a letter to parents.

“The daycare remains open and the before and after school programs continue to operate. Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting will take place throughout the school, including the daycare, before classes begin this morning.”

Although the school does not operate the daycare, the school board wanted to inform parents/guardians of the situation.

At this time, there has been no Public Health direction related to the school as a result of the confirmed case at the daycare.

Parents/guardians are reminded to screen their children daily for symptoms of COVID-19 using the screening tool on the school board's website at www.rainbowschools.ca.

Anyone who is sick must stay home.

It is also important to continue to follow COVID-19 prevention measures. This includes washing your hands often with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, avoid touching your face, practice physical distancing, and wear a face covering, especially when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

For more information about COVID-19 or the measures taken to address COVID-19, visit www.phsd.ca/COVID-19 or contact Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705-522-9200 ext. 524.

“As always, we will monitor our school population closely for any signs of COVID-19, remain vigilant, and follow any guidance that we may receive from Public Health,” said the school board.

“Thank you for working together to keep everyone safe.”

Also Tuesday, Public Health Sudbury & Districts reported two new cases of COVID-19 in its service area on Tuesday.

Both cases are located in Greater Sudbury, and the individuals are currently self-isolating.

One of the individuals was a close contact of a confirmed case, and the other one’s exposure category was not specified because the information is either pending or missing.

No other information about the confirmed cases was provided.

Two more cases have now been resolved in Public Health’s service area, bringing the total number of active cases to 9.

There are two active COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care homes in Sudbury.

An outbreak was declared at Extendicare Falconbridge on Nov. 23 and Extendicare York on Nov. 24.

Visit www.phsd.ca/COVID-19 for more information or call the health unit at 705-522-9200.

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Colleen Romaniuk, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Sudbury Star