Health unit declares outbreak at London school

Clara Brenton Public School located on 1025 St Croix Avenue. Capture via Google Maps.

A London public school is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak, not quite two weeks after students returned to in-person classes.

On Wednesday, the Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU) announced an outbreak at Clara Brenton Public School in London.

It is the first outbreak to be reported since students returned to in-class learning at the start of February.

“As part of its investigation of cases identified at the school, the health unit has concluded that the virus may have spread between close contacts at the school who have tested positive,” the statement read.

So far, two people have tested positive. The health unit says the school will remain open, and only those identified as close contacts with the cases will be asked to stay home.

According to the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB), there are currently nine active COVID-19 cases within its schools. The school board also reported cases of the virus at Annandale Public School and Princess Elizabeth Public School.

Thames Valley has resolved 160 cases since the pandemic began in September. A summary of active cases within the TVDSB can be found here.