Limestone District School Board discloses case of COVID-19 in local school

Limestone District School Board has identified its first case of COVID-19 within one of its schools. The single case, which was disclosed on Saturday, Oct 3, 2020, was confirmed at École Sir John A Macdonald Public School, in Kingston’s east end.

“I am writing to share with you that KFL&A Public Health has identified the first positive, confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Limestone District School Board,” said LDSB Director of Education Krishna Burra in an email release.

The release did not disclose whether the confirmed case was a student or staff member.

The case brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in area elementary schools to three, following previous case announcements from Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB) at two of its schools.

“This news is not unexpected, and I recognize that receiving this information may be stressful,” said Burra. “When a positive confirmed case of COVID-19 is detected, KFL&A Public Health will work with the affected school to identify cohorts of students, staff and others who may have been in close contact with the COVID-19 positive person at school, and/or during school transportation (if applicable). Not all students or staff will be affected by a positive case. A positive case at a school does not mean the individual was exposed to COVID-19 at the school. They may have been exposed somewhere else in the community or outside of the KFL&A region.”

“I urge you to continue to be vigilant,” continued Burra in the release. “Everyone has a responsibility to complete the daily self-screening of COVID-19 symptoms, follow public health guidelines, and stay home when sick. By working together, we can keep community cases to a minimum, and keep our schools open for the important role they provide to students and families.”

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