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COVID confirmed


Four cases of COVID-19 were reported in two Parkland schools, last week.
A positive test was first reported at Ethelbert School, last Wednesday.
On Thursday, a confirmed case was reported at the Dauphin Regional Comprehensive Secondary School (DRCSS) in Dauphin prompting Mountain View School Division to close the high school on Friday.
A second case at the DRCSS was confirmed on Friday and a third was confirmed on Sunday.
None of the cases are believed to have been acquired at the schools.
The administrations of both schools are working closely with public health officials and following their recommendations.
Based on the public health investigation, these exposures were assessed to be low risk.
Close contacts connected to each case have been identified and advised to self-isolate.
Anyone who is a close contact has been contacted directly by public health.
A letter sent to families of both schools read in part: Be assured that public health investigations to identify individuals who may have been exposed begin within 24 hours of a confirmed laboratory test. Anyone identified as a close contact will be contacted by phone or letter and provided instructions for self-isolation (quarantine). Testing may also be recommended. . .
If your child develops a new onset or worsening of any one symptom . . . even if they are mild, immediately isolate them from others. It is recommended your child get tested for COVID19 as soon as symptoms appear. You may go directly to the nearest COVID-19 testing location during their open hours.
Mountain View School Division is not permitted to release the names or any identifying information about the confirmed cases of COVID-19 to any member of the school, community or media.
The schools are following MVSD procedures for a positive COVID-19 case, including additional cleaning and disinfecting protocols.
MVSD will continue to follow the recommendations of Public Health during this pandemic.

Staff Writer