YELLOWKNIFE September 5, 2021 – The Office of the Chief Public Health Officer (OCPHO) is announcing that two children attending Weledeh Catholic School tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday.
School administration has contacted families of the students in the two affected classrooms directly. Public Health recommends that all students in the involved classrooms are considered contacts and are required to isolate. Tests are recommended for all isolating students.
If your child was not in an affected classroom there is no requirement to isolate at this time. The use of masks in all school settings and other measures currently in place reduce the risk of transmission in schools. At present, there is no known transmission of COVID-19 at the school. In these instances transmission did not occur at the school so this situation is not classified as an outbreak. The OCPHO recommends that in person learning continue at Weledeh Catholic School for classes unaffected by this exposure.
Parents of children across all classes and grades at Weledeh Catholic School are asked to be diligent in checking for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in their children. Children with any symptom of COVID-19 should arrange for testing or an assessment by a health care provider. An online resource for the daily monitoring check for signs and symptoms in your children is available here: https://www.gov.nt.ca/covid-19/sites/covid/files/resources/cv19_daily_symptom_screening_tool_students_staff_en_1.pdf
The OCPHO and Yellowknife Public Health continue to monitor the situation and will provide updated guidance as necessary.
All commentary is attributable to Dr. Kami Kandola, Chief Public Health Officer for the Northwest Territories.
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