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High school in Pembroke first in Ontario to be closed due to coronavirus outbreak

Last Updated Sep 17, 2020 at 5:47 am EDT

Fellowes High School in Pembroke, Ont. GOOGLE MAPS

A high school in Pembroke, Ontario has been closed after three cases of COVID-19 were detected at the school.

The latest case at Fellowes High School was confirmed Wednesday and was linked to two previously announced cases, all among staff members at the school located northwest of Ottawa. That prompted the acting Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU) to order an immediate shutdown.

The school will remain closed until further notice and reopen only with the approval of public health.

In a release, the Renfrew County District School Board said any students or staff who may have been exposed will be contacted directly by public health.

Fellowes High School is the first school in the province to be closed due to COVID-19.

The Toronto star reports the outbreak began when at least one teacher came to work feeling sick, and was later found to have contracted COVID-19 in the community.

Many more staff in the school were not wearing masks, prompting one source to tell the star this outbreak is “completely unacceptable”.

That source also telling the paper it is possible that a fourth teacher may also have the virus, now that the school is shut down.

According to provincial data updated on Wednesday morning, 35 out of more than 4,800 schools in Ontario have reported at least one case of COVID-19.


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