COVID outbreak “over,” school to re-open Monday

Fellowes High School in Pembroke is expected to re-open Monday after the Renfrew County and District Health Unit declared the outbreak of COVID-19 at the school over.

A total of nine people received positive tests as a result of the outbreak, four members of the school staff, one student, and four associated family members.

“RCDHU is confirming that no additional positive tests among students, staff, or close contacts at Fellowes High School were received,” the health unit said in a statement Friday morning.

“Starting Saturday, September 26, students and staff no longer need to self-isolate and classes will resume Monday, September 28.”

Dr. Robert Cushman, acting medical officer of health,said it has been “two weeks since an individual with COVID-19 was in the school, and I am now confident that school can safely resume on Monday.”

Dr. Cushman said he and the staff at RCDHU want to thank the Fellowes High School community, students, staff, and their families, for their patience and cooperation.

“A prompt school closure followed by aggressive contact tracing and testing as well as strict compliance with public health directives have successfully contained the outbreak.”

“This intervention was necessary to ensure everyone’s safety,” he added.

“This outbreak, 5 cases in the school and 4 more amongst associated family members, is a graphic example of the challenges we face. COVID-19 can spread rapidly.

“We must all work together to do everything we can to combat the virus if we are going to keep our schools open, our economy moving and our community safe.”

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