COVID-19 outbreak declared at Winston Churchill public school

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Chatham-Kent public health officials have confirmed the region’s first official school outbreak.

Dr. David Colby, medical officer of health for Chatham-Kent, declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Winston Churchill public school, stated a media release issued late Saturday afternoon.

Two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed at the Chatham elementary school.

An outbreak in a school is defined as two or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 within a school community where transmission has been confirmed to have occurred within that school, the media release explained.

To date, there have been three confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students at Winston Churchill, according to the Lambton Kent District school board website.

Public health has notified the school community, including students, staff, parents and guardians. All close contacts have already been directed to isolate and were tested, health unit officials said.

Members of the school community who have not been contacted by public health do not require testing, officials added.

The school will remain open.

More information about staying safe while at school during the pandemic is available online at www.ckphu.com/schoolscovid.

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