Two schools in Sudbury, Ont., closed due to five confirmed cases of COVID-19

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SUDBURY, Ont. — Public health officials in Sudbury, Ont., have dismissed students and staff from two schools following five confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Lasalle Secondary School and Cyril Varney Public School were closed today.

All five cases have been identified by Public Health Sudbury & Districts as variants of concern.

The afternoon route of elementary bus N100 is also affected.

"These measures were taken as a precaution to protect the school communities and to reduce the spread of the virus," said a statement from Public Health Sudbury & Districts.

Staff and students at the two schools and on the bus route are being advised by public health officials to self-isolate and get tested for COVID-19.

Officials say there is no evidence the virus was acquired or spread within the school communities, so no outbreak has been declared.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 24, 2021.

The Canadian Press