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COVID-19 case confirmed at Leo Nickerson daycare

St. Albert Public Schools did not specify whether the positive case involved a student or staff member.
Leo Nickerson Elementary School in St. Albert. SCREENSHOT

A case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at Leo Nickerson Elementary School's out of school daycare program in St. Albert.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) sent out a letter to parents on Sunday after someone tested positive for COVID-19 at the SIGIS Child Care Society attached to the school. St. Albert Public Schools also issued a notice on their Facebook page on Sunday confirming the positive case.

Families and staff of the daycare and the school have been notified, and all affected daycare staff and students will isolate for two weeks. 

The letter or post does not specify whether the positive case involved a student or staff member.

"Our thoughts are with the person diagnosed, but also with the families and staff at the daycare and school, as we know how stressful this is for everyone," the Facebook post reads.

"We will be taking extra cleaning steps tomorrow (Monday) throughout the whole school, and classes will resume on Tuesday as usual. We thank #AHS for their support, guidance and quick action."

The virus is passed from person to person by large respiratory droplets, like from a cough or sneeze, meaning a person would need to have direct contact with droplets from a sick person or from surfaces that they have recently touched to be at risk. 

AHS wrote although the risk of infection from this case is low, parents are being asked to watch their child for symptoms over the next two weeks. This includes a fever over 38 C, new cough or change in existing cough, and shortness of breath.

If symptoms appear, people are asked to self isolate at home and call Health Link at 811 as soon as possible for assessment.

More to come.

Brittany Gervais

About the Author: Brittany Gervais

Brittany Gervais joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2020. She writes about city hall, business, general news and features.
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