KFL&A Public Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Lord Strathcona PS

Lord Strathcona Public School, a Limestone District School Board elementary school on McMahon Street in Kingston. Photo via Google Maps.

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Lord Strathcona Public School, an elementary school located on McMahon Street in central Kingston.

According to Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health, although the outbreak was declared today, it involves seven case and only three of those cases are currently active. According to data reported by the Limestone District School Board (LDSB), the first case of COVID-19 was reported at the school (in terms of this outbreak) on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. The detection of that case resulted in one class cohort isolating, however, another student within that cohort tested positive for COVID-19 the following day.

Another case was detected within the school on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, however, this case posed no risk to the school, according to the LDSB. Then, on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, two more cases were detected, prompting the declaration of an outbreak. As a result, two additional class cohorts are now isolating, according to the LDSB, and the school remains open.

It is unclear why KFL&A Public Health reports this outbreak involves seven cases, while the LDSB reports only five cases of COVID-19 having been detected among the school population.

The Lord Strathcona Public School outbreak is one of 6 outbreaks currently taking place within the LDSB, with 19 LDSB schools currently reporting active cases. These outbreaks involve 49 total student and/or staff cases of the virus, and 16 LDSB schools have reported detected cases since Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. Another outbreak was reported today at J.R. Henderson Public School.

As of Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, there are over 300 active cases of COVID-19 in the KFL&A region.

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