Sixth case tied to COVID outbreak at Pembroke high school

The Renfrew County and District Health Unit has announced a sixth confirmed case of COVID-19 related to the outbreak at Fellowes High School in Pembroke.

The health unit announced Saturday night that a community contact connected to the outbreak has tested positive for COVID-19.

“This case is not a student or staff member at Fellowes High School but had been identified through contact tracing. They have been isolating since being identified as a high-risk contact.

“No additional positive tests among students or staff members were received today.

“RCDHU will continue to monitor test results, conduct contact tracing as required and update the school community and the public daily.”

Five previous cases of COVID-19 have been tied to the Fellowes outbreak, four members of staff and one student.

The school was ordered closed on Wednesday after the first three staff members tested positive.

The health unit said Saturday night it is asking everyone to “rigorously observe public health precautions – stay home if you are sick, avoid contact with people who are ill, limit social activities, keep your bubble small, practice physical distancing (2 metres), wear a mask/face covering when physical distancing cannot be maintained, wash your hands, and use the COVID Alert App.”

Dr. Robert Cushman, acting medical officer of health for Renfrew County and District said “This serves as a reminder of how easily this virus can spread.”

“It is vital that all public health measures are followed to control exposures.”

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