New COVID-19 case at Beaverlodge Regional High School

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More local students are isolating after a fourth COVID-19 case at Beaverlodge Regional High School was confirmed Saturday, according to Peace Wapiti School Division (PWSD).

BRHS remains open for in-person learning but close contacts must isolate at home until Saturday, Feb. 20.

According to PWSD, the patient last attended BRHS Friday, Feb. 5.

PWSD didn’t release more information about the case, citing respect to the individual.

School administration contacted families and staff last Saturday regarding the case after learning of the positive test result from Alberta Health Services.

BRHS is currently on COVID “alert,” a state of two cases or more where AHS personnel begin to investigate the school to gauge the risk level.

Investigations can take the form of contact tracing by the Communicable Disease Control team, or a public health inspector may visit the school.

Close contacts who develop symptoms should quote “Case 2021-EI-943” when booking a test, by calling 811, according to PWSD.

At five or more cases, an outbreak is declared at the school and additional measures can be taken.

The school may switch to partial in-person classes or at-home learning, according to the Alberta government.

PWSD credited the creation of cohorts at BRHS with assisting with contact tracing.

BRHS’ first COVID-19 case was confirmed by PWSD Jan. 25.

The second and third cases were confirmed at the end of January and beginning of February.

Close contacts with the third patient had to isolate until Feb. 10.

Karl Germann, Grande Prairie and District Catholic Schools superintendent, said there have been no new cases at St. Mary School in Beaverlodge.

Brad Quarin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News