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KFL&A Public Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Rideau Public School

Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Rideau Public School, where there are currently four active cases of the virus.

Rideau Public School, located in downtown Kingston. Photo via Google Maps.

The outbreak was officially declared on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, according to data from Public Health, however, the first case at the school was detected on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, and involved 1 student case, according to the Limestone District School Board (LDSB).

The Board’s listing of active COVID-19 cases states a further case was detected on Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, this time among staff, and two more student cases were detected on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 and Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. There appear to be three class cohorts isolating as a result of the outbreak, according to the LDSB, and the school remains open.

The LDSB lists a total of six detected cases of COVID-19 at Rideau Public on their online case listing, however, KFL&A Public Health data states there are only five cases within the outbreak, one of which is resolved. The other case is either not linked to the outbreak, or is linked to a previous outbreak that has already ended.

According to the LDSB, there are currently 88 active cases of COVID-19 within the Board. Thirteen schools within KFL&A are currently enduring outbreaks, according to Public Health. The LDSB lists seven active outbreaks currently, however, LCVI is not listed as an active outbreak by the Board, and a number of LDSB schools are now listed as having pivoted to remote learning.

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