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COVID-19 outbreak declared at J. G. Simcoe Public School

J. G. Simcoe Public School. Photo by Lucas Mulder.

Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at James Graves (J. G.) Simcoe Public School, located in Kingston’s Rideau Heights neighbourhood.

According to KFL&A Public Health, there are four student cases at the school, two of which are linked to the outbreak.

One of the student cases was detected at the school on Nov. 21, 2021, with one class isolating as a result. Two cases were discovered the following day, with one of those cases already isolating at home, according to the Limestone District School Board (LDSB). A fourth case was discovered on Nov. 24. The school remains open, but visitors are restricted.

There are a total of two cohorts from the school isolating at this time, according to LDSB.

An outbreak was previously declared at the school on Oct. 27, 2021.

“KFL&A Public Health works closely with schools to ensure that necessary steps are taken to prevent further spread of the virus both in the school and the community. All families should continue to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and screen students daily as most cases of COVID-19 are acquired in the home setting,” the board communicated to the media.

“Cases in schools must be reported locally and provincially. We are sharing this information with you to ensure you have accurate information. No further information will be released to maintain privacy. Please visit the COVID-19 Confirmed Cases webpage for a list of current cases.”

There are currently 31 active cases at schools within the LDSB, according to the Board.

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