COVID-19 cases confirmed at five more schools

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

COVID-19 cases have been identified at five more London-area schools.

The Thames Valley District school board confirmed late Wednesday night one new case each has been detected at College Avenue Secondary in Woodstock, Ekcoe Central Public in Glencoe, Forest Park Public in St. Thomas, and Roch Carrier French Immersion Public in Woodstock. Two new cases were identified at Southside Public School in Woodstock.

The board stated that close contacts of the infected individuals are being notified.

“If you do not receive a letter from Thames Valley indicating the public health unit has identified your child as a close contact, your child is not considered to be at risk,” the board said. “Only those staff and students who have been identified as a close contact will be notified and advised to stay home from school and quarantine for a period of 14 days.”

All five schools remain open.

Currently, there are 27 active COVID-19 cases at 20 schools within the Thames Valley district. Of those, only one has been temporarily closed. Students at Central Public School in Woodstock were switched to online learning earlier this week after a high number of students and staff were required to quarantine as a result of widespread exposure to the virus.