More cases reported connected to Hamilton schools, but no suggestion of connections

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Hamilton’s school boards have reported six recent cases of COVID-19 among students and staff.

Hamilton’s public board said one student at Ancaster High School has tested positive but poses a low risk to others.

“The student was not in the building when there would be a risk of exposure,” said a letter to families at Ancaster.

The school said it was notified of the case on Wednesday.

Two students at St. David Catholic Elementary School, in Hamilton’s Catholic board, tested positive on Tuesday and Wednesday.

One student was last in the building on Monday, while the other was last in the building on Oct. 28.

The board has not indicated that the cases are connected.

Two students also tested positive at Cathedral High School on Wednesday. Both were last in the building on Oct. 30.

“The school will be following guidance from public health officials around infection prevention and control,” the school wrote to families in a letter.

“As part of its COVID-19 action plan, the HWCDSB will undertake a deep cleaning and disinfection of all areas at the school occupied by symptomatic individuals and will ensure all preventive measures are in place.”

Cathedral High School has not indicated that these cases are connected either.

A student also tested positive at Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School on Wednesday. They were last at the school on Oct. 28.

The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board has said there are 14 active cases of the virus across the board right now.

The school boards have reported a total 31 cases among students and staff in Hamilton.

In child-care centres and agencies, a total of seven cases have been reported.

Jacob Lorinc, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator