Another five schools confirm COVID-19 cases

Children wearing face masks in school. (File photo courtesy of © Can Stock Photo / halfpoint)

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise at schools in London and the surrounding area, five more have confirmed cases within their school communities.

The Thames Valley District School Board said on Wednesday that single cases of the virus were detected at Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School and Sir George Etienne Cartier Public School in London. The school board also reported another case of the virus at Summers’ Corners Public School outside Aylmer, and at New Sarum Public School outside St. Thomas.

The London District Catholic School Board also confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 at St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Woodstock.

Parents, guardians, and staff at all of the schools have been notified and Southwestern Public Health and the Middlesex-London Health Unit are working to identify close contacts of the infected individuals.

“If you are not contacted by the health unit, your child is not considered to be at risk. The health unit will only contact those staff and students who have been identified as a close contact and will advise them to stay home from school and quarantine for a period of 14 days,” the school board said in a statement.

All five schools remain open and buses are continuing to operate normally.

These most recent cases come the same day the Middlesex London Health Unit declared outbreaks at four London schools after six positive cases of the virus were confirmed within the schools.

There are currently 30 active COVID-19 cases in school communities within the Thames Valley district. For the full list of confirmed COVID-19 cases within that school board click here. The London District Catholic board has six active COVID-19 cases. The full list of confirmed cases within the Catholic board can be found by clicking here.