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Another outbreak, several more cases of COVID-19 at Sudbury-area schools

The outbreak is at Walden P.S., which has been closed by the Rainbow board all week as a precaution
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Walden Public School. (File)

A COVID-19 outbreak has been officially declared at another Greater Sudbury school, and several others are reporting new cases.

This after Public Health Sudbury & Districts has announced all schools in Greater Sudbury and the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts will transition to virtual learning effective Monday, March 15. 

There are currently 57 active cases of COVID-19 and seven outbreaks declared at area schools.

After two new cases of Walden Public School were detected, all students and staff at the school must self-isolate until March 19, said a letter dated March 12 posted to the Rainbow District School Board’s website.

Walden Public School, which has been closed all week by the board as a precaution, has four students and one staff member with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The Rainbow board is also announcing a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Confederation Secondary School (the Grade 7-8 class has been asked to self-isolate until March 19), as well as at Lively District Secondary School (the Grade 9 Native Studies class NAC100-01 and the Grade 9 English class ENG1D-E-02 have been asked to self-isolate until March 19).

Both Confederation and Lively schools remain open for in-person learning today (March 12), although, as noted above, they will be closed along with all other local schools as of Monday.

There are also now two cases of COVID-19 reported at Immaculate Conception Catholic Elementary School, said the Sudbury Catholic District School Board.

The following classes have been dismissed at Immaculate Conception: Grade 2 - English, and Grade 4/5.

The French public board, Conseil scolaire public Grand Nord de l’Ontario, said a second confirmed case of COVID-19 has been reported at École secondaire Macdonald-Cartier

The following classes are affected (they have been dismissed until March 19): Grade 7 Group 702, Grade 7 Group 701.

Also, according to Cambrian College’s COVID-19 dashboard, there are now two active cases of COVID-19 in the school community. Cambrian president Bill Best had reported one case earlier this week.

Sudbury Student Services Consortium said many school bus routes are cancelled today. These include routes N425, N423, N406, N431, L854, L500, L361, L351, L312 and N309.