One class self-isolating: A positive COVID-19 case at a Shelburne school has been identified

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One classroom at a Shelburne elementary school has been closed, with students being asked to self-isolate following a confirmed case of COVID-19.

On Wednesday, Nov. 25, a notice was sent out by Centennial Hylands Elementary School principal, Tammy Fleming, providing information on the situation.

“We will continue to work closely with Public Health and take their direction as they complete their investigation,” said Fleming. “All students and staff determined to be at high risk of exposure will be directed to isolate and recommended to be tested within their isolation period.”

As of Thursday (Nov. 26), the Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) has listed Centennial Hylands as being “open,” with one closed class confirmed.

Measures have been taken to ensure the safety of all staff and students, and Public Health will perform a risk assessment if any other transmission is determined as a result of their investigation.

“Custodial staff did a thorough cleaning and disinfection of the impacted areas of the school last … as part of our enhanced cleaning protocol,” explained Fleming.

It is unknown as to whether or not the positive case was with a student or teacher, as the identity of the individual is protected by privacy legislation.

According to the UGDSB’s reporting page, Centennial Hylands is the only school in Dufferin County identified as having an active case of COVID-19.

A letter was also sent out by Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) outlining what the health unit and school are doing to prevent further spread of the virus at Centennial Hylands and within the community.

“Our building is safe and remains open to staff and students,” said Fleming.

Currently, Dufferin County is in orange-level restrictions, with WDGPH confirming an additional 27 cases since their last update Nov. 24, bringing the number of cases within its boundaries to 1,290.

The total active number of cases within the health unit’s area is at 155, with 18 active in Dufferin.

Three people were hospitalized in WDGPH due to COVID-19.

Any individuals with questions about the situation are directed to contact Public Health at 519-822-2715 ext. 7006.

Tabitha Wells/Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Orangeville Banner