Second case of COVID-19 connected to St. John Community School

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The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) has identified a second positive COVID-19 case in an individual at St. John Community School in Prince Albert. This case is associated to the previously reported case on March 8.

In a news release by the Prince Albert Catholic School Division on Wednesday the division explained that communication has been shared with the specific classrooms/cohorts, as well as the school communities.

“ The Saskatchewan Health Authority is proceeding with their assessment of the situation, and all individuals deemed to be close contacts have been communicated with.”

As is the case in all cases in the division no further information will be made available citing privacy concerns.

According to the division due to the safety protocols that are in place, St. John Community School will continue classes for all other students and staff.

“We received notification that an individual in our school has tested positive for COVID-19and that this individual was present on March 5, therefore Public Health officials are advising all students and staff to continue monitor for COVID-19 symptoms daily and not to enter the school if ill,” the release explained.

“The cohort/individuals impacted by this case, barring any other cases, are required to monitor for symptoms until March 24.The students and families of St. John Community School children to receive any updates using the Edsby Portal,” the release added.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with this member of our school community, and we hope they are doing well.” They emphasized that everyone has a shared responsibility to decrease the risk of COVID-19 entering schools.

“Thank you to everyone for continuing to be diligent in performing daily health screening, staying home if ill, calling HealthLine 811 if exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, practicing proper hand hygiene, maintaining physical distancing as much as possible, wearing a mask when appropriate and doing everything we can to keep each other safe,” the release stated.

The division also strongly urge everyone to continue to follow all Public Health Orders and protocols.

Michael Oleksyn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Prince Albert Daily Herald