Positive COVID-19 case at Orangeville elementary school

September 25, 2020   ·   0 Comments

By Paula Brown

The Dufferin Peel Catholic School Board is reporting a positive case of COVID-19 in an Orangeville elementary school. 

On Tuesday (Sept. 23) DPCSB reported that a student or staff member had tested positive for COVID-19 at St. Benedict Elementary School in Orangeville. The board has not released details whether the positive case was a student or teacher. 

“The privacy of the individual is of paramount importance and depending on the cohort, size of school, other circumstances, differentiating between student or staff could essentially identify the person and we have elected to maintain that high level of privacy,” said Bruce Campbell, DPCSB General Manager of Communication And Community Relations. 

The positive case of COVID-19 is the first known case to be reported within a school in Dufferin County. Heather Loney, Communication and Community Engagement Officer, at the Upper Grand District School Board says there have been no positive cases in the school board reported by Public Health. 

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health has investigated the exposure of COVID-19 at St. Benedict, according to a letter given to staff and families from Principal Joe Lise. 

“WDGPH has determined that there is no risk to our school population based on this case and has advised us that no additional precautions are necessary,” wrote Lise. 

In the letter Lise also noted that the school had “been cleaned many times since the exposure as part of enhanced cleaning protocols. 

Both the Upper Grand District School Board and the Dufferin Peel Catholic School Board have COVID-19 advisory pages on the board websites for information on active cases in schools. 

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