Outbreak declared Nov. 29

Outbreak declared Nov. 29
Posted on 12/13/2021
Image of confirmed COVID 19 caseUpdate Dec. 22, 2021: KFL&A Public Health has identified one positive student case of COVID-19 at Welborne Avenue Public School on Dec. 22. No impact to school community as the case was already isolating.

Two students Dec. 21. There is no further impact to the school community because both cases were already isolating.

One student and one staff member on Dec. 20. These cases were already isolating, no new impact on school community. 

students on Dec. 19. These cases were already isolating, no new impact on school community. 

Additional cases: one student
on Dec. 16: case was already isolating; one student Dec. 11 and one case in a staff member Dec. 12 resulting in one cohort's self-isolation being extended. Earlier cases have resolved. There are currently five cases related to the school.

Public Health declared an outbreak on Nov. 29, 2021. The school outbreak status remains in effect.
KFL&A Public Health works closely with schools to ensure that necessary steps are taken to prevent further spread of the virus both in the school and the community.

All school families are asked to continue to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and screen all students daily as most cases of COVID-19 are acquired in the home setting. KFL&A Public Health is also asking families to use the extended symptom list for monitoring symptoms:

Fever (37.8°C/100°F) and/or chills 
Cough or barking cough
Shortness of breath
Decrease or loss of taste or smell
Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea 
Muscle aches and pain
Sore throat
Difficulty swallowing
Runny or stuffy nose
Abdominal pain
Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
Decreased or lack of appetite

Do not send students to school if they are sick or symptomatic. 

The school and board are working with KFL&A Public Health to identify cohorts of students, staff and others who may have been in close contact with the COVID-19 positive person at school. Not all students or staff will be affected by a positive case. A positive case at a school does not mean the individual was exposed to COVID-19 at the school. They may have been exposed somewhere else in the community or outside of the KFL&A region.

The school will clean and disinfect all areas where the individual may have been, and will work with KFL&A Public Health to develop a plan to protect all members of the school community to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

In accordance with Ministry of Education guidelines, the board has posted this information on its website. The board will continue to follow the directions of KFL&A Public Health who has the responsibility to manage confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

KFL&A Public Health, the school and board are taking all necessary steps to prevent further spread of the virus both in the schools and the community. As always, the health and safety of students, staff and the school community remain our priority. 

Please visit the COVID-19 Confirmed Cases webpage for a list of current cases.