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COVID-19 outbreak forces closure of city-run daycare in Ottawa

A coronavirus outbreak at a City of Ottawa-run daycare has spread to another cohort in the facility. Global News / File photo

The previously announced COVID-19 outbreak at the Esther By Child Care Centre has now seen the novel coronavirus spread to another cohort in the daycare, forcing the city-run facility to close.

City staff said in a memo Thursday night that two children — one preschooler and one toddler — have tested positive for the coronavirus at the Caldwell Avenue child-care centre.

Staff first said on Monday that a staff member had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, warranting the shutdown of only the preschool cohort while Ottawa Public Health conducted contact tracing.

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The local public health unit said at the time that close contacts in the preschool cohort should stay home and self-isolate, while the daycare’s toddler program could remain open.

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But Thursday’s news that children in both programs have tested positive has now prompted a facility-wide closure as of Friday.

Anyone who has been in close contact with the individuals has been asked to self-isolate pending further OPH investigation.

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