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Probable case of COVID-19 at Sacred Heart High School in Walkerton

WALKERTON ­– The Grey Bruce Health Unit (GBHU) is reporting a probable case of COVID-19 at Sacred Heart High School in Walkerton.

Probable cases are not lab confirmed, says the health unit, but are high-risk contacts of an active case, and also symptomatic.

GBHU is working with the Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board to address the probable case. Public Health has notified staff and students that have had close contact with the affected case and are isolating.

The health unit also stated that anyone not contacted by Public Health already is not considered at risk and need not take any additional steps, including asymptomatic testing.

“In our assessment, the transmission to this case did not take place at the school,” states a press release from GBHU.

“Currently there are no outbreaks, that is evidence of transmission from person to person, in any schools or childcare centres in Grey Bruce.”

Public Health is the lead in all outbreaks and case management and will determine if someone is a close contact of someone with COVID-19. Determining who is a close contact is a decision that can only be made by Public Health.

“Anyone identified as a contact to the confirmed case, both in and outside the school environment, will be contacted by a Public Health case manager directly. Those at risk of infection will be contacted within 24 hours of the investigation,” explains the release.