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Coronavirus outbreak declared at Harbour Landing School in Regina

Regina Public Schools said two students at Harbour Landing School have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Derek Putz / Global News

The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) declared a coronavirus outbreak at Harbour Landing Elementary School in Regina on Tuesday.

Regina Public Schools (RPS) said two students have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The two affected classrooms at the school are closed and students will participate in remote learning until Oct. 21, which officials say is 14 days from the point of the last contact with the infected students.

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RPS said families in the affect classrooms were notified on Tuesday to pick up their children. All other families at the school were informed of the positive cases by letter.

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All other classes at the school remain open and RPS said the school has been cleaned and sanitized as per public health requirements.

Any individual, student or staff member who considered a direct contact has been or will be contacted by Saskatchewan Health Authority, the school division said.

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Anyone developing symptoms are being asked to self-isolate at home and call HealthLine 811 to arrange for testing.

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RPS said it will continue to act quickly to inform parents and to minimize the health and safety risk to students and staff caused by COVID-19.

Officials said actions could include closing a school or a classroom for a short period of time, or for the required 14 days, which are made by the school division in consultation with public health.

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Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

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Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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