More school-linked COVID-19 cases confirmed

Tara Jeffrey

The number of local schools linked to COVID-19 has risen to three.

Lambton-Kent District School Board director John Howitt confirmed Thursday that Bright’s Grove Public School and Northern Collegiate have been linked to positive cases of the virus, in addition to a case at Corunna’s Colonel Cameron Public School, announced Tuesday.

While Lambton Public Health says it’s working closely with the school communities and contacting any individuals (students and staff) who may have been potentially impacted, Howitt says the Northern case does not impact the school directly.

“There is no impact to the school community whatsoever, as the confirmed case has not attended the school in over two weeks,” he said, noting that no staff or students were dismissed.

The board’s COVID advisory website Thursday noted that two classes were dismissed at both Bright’s Grove and Colonel Cameron schools, while the schools remain open and buses continue to operate.

Howitt pointed to the significance of seeing ‘single’ cases at each school.

“To the best of our knowledge, COVID was not contracted at school and I think that’s an important piece.”

Parents are advised to monitor their children for symptoms of COVID-19. If your child feels ill, keep them home and contact your health care provider or the health unit.

In its daily update, Lambton Public Health reported one new case and three active case in Lambton County.