St. Augustine School continues to rack up COVID-19 cases this week, with the Brandon School Division registering a new exposure Thursday night.
BSD officials verified at least one confirmed case in a Grade 6 classroom, with the individual in question possibly being infectious on Tuesday when they attended school.
This marks the fourth COVID-19 case that St. Augustine has registered in under a week, with BSD announcing a pair of separate cases connected to a Grade 6 classroom over the Thanksgiving long weekend.
On Wednesday night, BSD announced that someone in a Grade 4 class had also contracted the virus.
Unlike the previous three news releases, Thursday’s notice did not come packaged with the usual line "the infection was not believed to be acquired at school."
Instead, BSD officials simply stated that: "The school is working closely with public health officials and is following their recommendations. Close contacts have been identified and are advised to self-isolate [quarantine]."
Eleven Brandon-based K-12 schools have registered COVID cases since the beginning of the fall semester on Sept. 7. These exposure sites include: Riverheights School, Vincent Massey High School, St. Augustine School, École O’Kelly, Betty Gibson School, École New Era, Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School, Kirkcaldy Heights School, Linden Lanes School and King George School.
Additionally, Christian Heritage School — which is located in Brandon but is not a BSD institution — recently had to endure an outbreak linked to the delta variant that peaked at 17 cases on Oct.1. However, the province declared on Oct. 4 that the outbreak was over.
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