New COVID-19 outbreak at school in Amherstburg

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An outbreak has been declared at Amherstburg Public School involving two cases, the school said in a memo. (Evan Mitsui/CBC - image credit)
An outbreak has been declared at Amherstburg Public School involving two cases, the school said in a memo. (Evan Mitsui/CBC - image credit)

An outbreak has been declared at a Amherstburg Public School involving a "high-risk exposure case" of COVID-19.

The outbreak was declared after two cases were confirmed within a school cohort, a memo on the school's website posted Wednesday states.

According to the school, anyone who is a close contact has been contacted by public health.

Schools pivoted to online learning this week amid a surge of COVID-19 cases across the province.

Dr. Wajid Ahmed, medical officer of health, said Thursday the outbreak was declared after a second case was discovered that had no known source and it was "reasonable to consider" that there could have been transmission.

The outbreak is contained and it should be cleared in the next few days, he said.

According to the Greater Essex County District School Board's website, there have been nine cases of COVID-19 among students and staff within the board since April 7, though its website has not yet been updated to include a second case at Amherstburg Public School.

Within the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, there are two active cases, its website shows.

There are no other COVID-19 outbreaks active within schools in Windsor-Essex, though two were recently cleared.