Three cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at Adam Scott Collegiate Vocational Institute, the secondary school announced on Thursday night (September 24).
“We were notified late this afternoon by Peterborough Public Health that we have three confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Adam Scott CVI,” the school writes on its website. “An email with more information has been sent to all Adam Scott families.”
A copy of the email sent to families is included at the end of this story.
Peterborough Public Health identified the three new cases in its daily report on Thursday afternoon. While the school has not indicated whether the confirmed cases are among students or staff, Peterborough Public Health advised kawarthaNOW on Friday (September 25) that the cases are among three students.
Adam Scott says that Peterborough Public Health is not declaring an outbreak at the school at this time, “because it is not believed that these cases were transmitted through the school.”
Peterborough Public Health confirmed to kawarthaNOW on Friday that, because the health unit believes there was no transmission within the school, an outbreak has not been declared. According to the health unit, the Ontario government defines a school outbreak as transmission between two or more cases in a school setting.
“We are working closely with the health unit to identify close contacts who may have been exposed to these individuals while they were infectious,” the school writes. “The health unit is calling close contacts directly tonight and advising them as to any next steps they must take, such as self-isolation and/or testing.”
The school says it will remain open, and those who have not been contacted by the health unit may continue to attend school, but are asked to continue to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
Peterborough Public Health and the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board are holding a joint media briefing at 11 a.m. on Friday, which kawarthaNOW will be covering.
PDF: Email sent to families from Adam Scott CVI Principal Wilf Gray
Email sent to families from Adam Scott CVI Principal Wilf Gray
This story has been updated with further information provided by Peterborough Public Health.