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Schools closed after 2nd case of COVID-19 identified at Auburn Drive High School

A student walks to Auburn Drive High School after a COVID case was confirmed at the school.
A student walks to Auburn Drive High School after a COVID case was confirmed at the school. Alicia Draus/ Global News

Nova Scotia reported one additional case of COVID-19 at Auburn Drive High School in Cole Harbour on Thursday evening.

The province said the new case is a close contact of an earlier reported case at the school.

Halifax Regional Centre for Education has also sent out an e-mail to parents about the new COVID-19 case.

Read more: Nova Scotia reports first cases of COVID-19 in schools

Auburn Drive High and its family of schools will close for the day on Friday, Nov. 20, including:

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  • Astral Drive Elementary
  • Astral Drive Junior High
  • Bell Park Academic Centre
  • Caldwell Road Elementary
  • Colby Village Elementary
  • Graham Creighton Junior High
  • Humber Park Elementary
  • Joseph Giles Elementary.

According to the province, schools will be closed to community bookings from now until Sunday, Nov. 22.

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Public health said it will be in touch with close contacts as part of its ongoing investigation and advise of next steps.

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“Everyone in a class which a confirmed case attended is being tested and must self-isolate for 14 days. Students will be supported to learn at home,” the province said in a statement.

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, will provide an update on the province’s response to COVID-19 on Nov. 20 at 1 p.m.