Cornwall school closed one week over COVID-19

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – Viscount Alexander Public School is closed for a week over what has been determined to be a broad high-risk COVID-19 exposure during the first week of school.

The Cornwall school is among five cited by the Upper Canada District School Board Sunday night for having confirmed positive cases of coronavirus.

Based on assessments by the two regional health units in the school board’s coverage area, Viscount Alexander will be closed until at least next Monday (Sept. 20).

In a social media post, a Viscount Alexander school official says an individual tested positive and the health unit “has identified multiple confirmed and probable exposures” in the school.

The other schools are St. Lawrence Secondary School, also in Cornwall, South Edwardsburg Public School in Johnstown, and Vankleek Collegiate Institute and Pleasant Corners Public School, both in Vankleek Hill. They will also stay open and will run normally.

The UCDSB is only saying that “at least one individual” at each school has tested positive. Actual numbers and whether it’s staff or students infected will come out in provincial reporting in the coming days.