HWDSB reports four new COVID cases among students

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Four students in the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board have tested positive for COVID-19, the board reported on Wednesday.

Schools in Hamilton reopened for in-person learning on Monday with enhanced health and safety measures in place after weeks of remote learning.

The HWDSB reported on Wednesday four cases of the virus among students at its schools — one each at Dundas Valley Secondary School, Earl Kitchener Elementary School and Westdale Secondary School, and one in an e-learning program.

“School administrators will contact any students or staff identified as close contacts, who will self-isolate for 14 days,” reads a release on each of the schools’ websites.

Since September, 305 Hamilton students — 181 at the public board and 124 at the Catholic board — have tested positive for the virus.

A positive case was also reported at McMaster University on Feb. 11.

An international student, who had already been quarantining in residence, tested positive for the virus on Feb. 4 after arriving in late January, reads a Feb. 11 release.

McMaster says “all impacted areas” have been cleaned, and contact tracing is being managed by public health.

“They will be directly contacting anyone who would be part of the tracing for these cases,” the release reads.

Kate McCullough, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator