Second COVID-19 case confirmed at Holy Cross High School in Saskatoon

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Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools (GSCS) has confirmed the second case of COVID-19 at Holy Cross High School.

In a press release, the school division said they learned of the positive case from the Saskatchewan Health Authority on Friday.

Read more: Positive coronavirus case at Holy Cross High School in Saskatoon

“We are working with public health to inform parents, caregivers, and the SHA is conducting contact tracing,” reads the GSCS’s press release.

This is the second positive case of the novel coronavirus at Holy Cross since school began on Sept. 8.

The SHA has not declared an outbreak, says the school division.

Read more: Saskatchewan government releases COVID-19 guidelines for Halloween, Thanksgiving

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“Risk of exposure for anyone not considered a close contact remains low,” said the school division. “Classes will continue as scheduled.”

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Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools says it will not reveal the identities of those who tested positive in order to protect their privacy.

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