Public Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Molly Brant Elementary

Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) Public Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Molly Brant Elementary School, located on Lyons Street in the Kingscourt District of Kingston.

Molly Brant Elementary School. Image via school website.

While there are currently five active cases of COVID-19 within the school – and all within the same class cohort – there are only two cases connected to the outbreak, according to data from KFL&A Public Health.

The first cases of COVID-19 at Molly Brant Elementary School were detected on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, and included one student case, and another case marked ‘other.’ Another case was detected on Monday, Nov. 8, and two more cases were detected over a week later on Tuesday, Nov. 16 and Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021.

All of those cases are within the same class cohort, however, on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, an additional bus cohort was dismissed to isolate, according to information provided on the Limestone District School Board’s listing of active COVID-19 cases within the Board. While the school remains open, visitors to the school are restricted at this time.

It is important to note that a positive case at a school does not mean the individual was exposed to COVID-19 at the school; They may have been exposed to COVID-19 elsewhere in the community.

The LDSB also notes that, on their online listing of active COVID-19 cases, “Cases are not always reported in the order they are transmitted. What may appear to be the “first case” may actually not be; posted dates are those that Public Health and the Board have been notified of a lab-confirmed case. Once cases are resolved, they are removed from this page. Cases are considered resolved by Public Health 10 days after symptom onset. The date a positive case is reported on our website is often three to five days after symptoms start. This means sometimes the case is already a few days old before it appears on our website.”

Currently, there are 51 cases of COVID-19 within LDSB schools, accounting for just over 25 per cent of the total cases (199) in the KFL&A region. There are currently three outbreaks within LDSB schools in addition to the new outbreak at Molly Brant Elementary. Those outbreaks are at Rideau Public School, Perth Road Public School, and Calvin Park Public School.

Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health for KFL&A Public Health, confirmed the region is currently experiencing community spread on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, after which he spoke with the local media. He specifically noted that children aged four to 12 are the group that is tested most – three times higher than all other age groups, and said that percent positivity of testing in that age group has dropped in the last week to 1.9 per cent, “which is good news because it’s lower than the whole population per cent,” which currently is approximately 2.73 per cent, the highest it’s ever been in the region. Read more on that here.

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