COVID-19 outbreak confirmed at Lethbridge College in powerline technician program

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An outbreak of COVID-19 has been confirmed within Lethbridge College's powerline technician program.

Officials sent an advisory to students and teachers that as of Sunday evening, seven cases had been identified within the program.

The school learned of its first positive case on Oct. 29, which was the last day the affected cohort was on school property.

According to the release, those at risk of exposure have already been contacted by Alberta Health Services (AHS).

"Because of the isolated nature of the property where the cohort spent most of its time, the college and AHS have been able to connect directly with anyone who may have come in contact with the affected individuals," the advisory said.

Several of those who tested positive visited the college's instructional building on Oct. 26, but had remained in their cohort, and no one else in the building was identified as a close contact, the advisory said.

The affected cohort has also not visited the main part of the college campus, and according to the school, there is minimal risk to the campus community as a whole.