Four Hamilton students from three schools test positive for COVID-19

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The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board has reported four more cases of COVID-19 among students in three separate schools.

Two of the students are enrolled at Orchard Park Secondary School. The others are enrolled at Winona Elementary School and James MacDonald Elementary School.

The two positive cases at Orchard Park are not connected, the school told families on Tuesday.

“Although this is the second case related to our school, public health has determined there is no epidemiological link between the cases, and therefore no outbreak will be declared,” principal Kristen Armstrong wrote.

One of the Orchard Park students was last in school Oct. 28, Armstrong said. She did not say when the other student was last in school.

“HWDSB and our school are working closely with Public Health to ensure appropriate measures are in place to prevent the spread of illness to other students or people in the school community,” Armstrong wrote.

The James MacDonald student was last in the building on Oct. 28, the school said.

Hamilton Public Health Services notified the HWDSB of the positive test result on Tuesday.

Principal Melissa McCormack wrote that the school has notified “all impacted families and staff members who are identified as a potential close contact.”

“The students and staff members associated with the case will self-isolate for 14 days. HPHS will connect with potential close contacts as part of their contact tracing process,” McCormack said.

The Winona student who tested positive was also last in the building on Oct. 28, said principal Tim Illman.

Families and staff members who may have been in contact with the student have been notified, Illman wrote in a letter to families.

Jacob Lorinc, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator