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More N.B. schools report confirmed cases of COVID-19 Monday

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New Brunswick’s Education Minister Dominic Cardy said on Sunday that additional health measures will be implemented in schools in red zones, which include the requirement for students and staff to stay home if they have even one symptom of COVID-19, school staff to be actively screened when they report to work each day, and schools to be closed if a single case of COVID-19 is detected to allow for testing and contact tracing – Jan 17, 2021

Two more schools have confirmed a case of COVID-19 in New Brunswick.

In a letter sent to parents and students on Sunday evening, superintendent Zoe Watson said a case has been confirmed at Quispamsis Middle School.

The majority of students returned to class on Monday with only a single class being shifted to remote learning for the next two weeks.

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There is also a confirmed case of the virus at École Élémentaire Sacré-Coeur in Grand Falls.

As a result of being in the red phase of New Brunswick’s COVID-19 recovery plan, the school will be closed to students for three days to allow for contact tracing and testing of school staff.

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Health officials say that a COVID-19 case has also been confirmed at the Halte scolaire Happy Feet daycare, which is located inside École Élémentaire Sacré-Coeur.

In all cases, the schools are working with the province’s public health team to conduct contact tracing and to inform close contacts.

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Parents who are not contacted by public health are safe to send their children to school.

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These are only the latest school to report a confirmed case amid increasing case numbers in the province.

On Thursday, a case was reported at Kennebecasis Valley High School in Quispamsis.

Four other schools reported cases on Sunday: Belleisle Elementary School in Springfield; Millidgeville North School in Saint John; and Riverview East School and Caledonia Regional High School in Hillsborough.

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As of Monday, New Brunswick has reported 374 cases of the virus since the new year.

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Coronavirus: New Brunswick reports highest single-day record of cases since the pandemic began – Jan 17, 2021

Schools remain open in the province, including in the Edmundston-area, which is the only area in the red phase of New Brunswick’s COVID-19 recovery plan.

Every other zone remains in the orange.

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