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Health unit confirms positive COVID-19 case at Barrie North

There is also a new positive case at Beeton elementary school; No classrooms have been closed and both schools remain open, officials say

Two more schools in the region have been added to the list of those with positive COVID-19 cases.

Barrie North Collegiate Institute and Tecumseth Beeton Elementary School both have had individuals test positive for the coronavirus, although no classrooms have been closed and the schools currently remain open.

In an email to parents/guardians of Barrie North students and signed by principal Greg Brucker, it noted the school was informed by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) of the case.

“The SMDHU has determined, through their investigation, that there have been no close contacts to the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 identified at the school," notes the letter.

 As there have been no close contacts identified, the SMDHU does not recommend having your child tested unless they are showing symptoms of COVID-19. Therefore, your child may continue to come to school,” said the email.

Due to privacy concerns, it is not revealed whether a positive case involves a staff member or student, unless it is deemed important for health reasons.

Simcoe County school cases (as of Oct. 14)

  • Sept. 15 – Twin Lakes Secondary School, Orillia (teacher, recovered)
  • Sept. 18 – St. John Vianney Catholic School, Barrie (individual, recovered)
  • Sept. 20 – Father F.X. O’Reilly Catholic School, Tottenham (individual, recovered)
  • Sept. 21 – Bear Creek Secondary School, Barrie (individual, recovered)
  • Sept. 24 – Sister Catherine Donnelly Catholic School, Barrie (individual, recovered)
  • Sept. 27 – St. Angela Merici Catholic School, Bradford (individual, recovered)
  • Sept. 28 – Admiral Collingwood Elementary School, Collingwood (individual, recovered)
  • Sept. 28 – St. Paul’s Catholic School, Alliston (individual, two classrooms closed)
  • Sept. 29 – Worsley Elementary School, Wasaga Beach (individual, recovered)
  • Sept. 29 – Goodfellow Public School, Innisfil (individual, recovered)
  • Oct. 1 – Bradford District High School, Bradford (individual, recovered)
  • Oct. 2 – St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School, Barrie (individual, recovered)
  • Oct. 2 – École Secondaire Catholique Nouvelle-Alliance, Barrie (individual)
  • Oct. 7 – St. John Paul II Catholic School, Barrie (individual)
  • Oct. 8 – St. Bernadette Catholic School, Barrie (individual)
  • Oct. 8 – Pine River Elementary School, Angus (individual)
  • Oct. 12 – Collingwood Collegiate Institute, Collingwood (individual, classroom closed)
  • Oct. 12 – Father F.X. O’Reilly Catholic School, Tottenham (individual) This is the second case confirmed at the school, there is no classroom closed because of this case.
  • Oct. 13 – St. Marie of the Incarnation, Bradford, (two individuals), one classroom is closed
  • Oct. 14 – Innisdale Secondary School, Barrie (individual)
  • Oct. 16 – Barrie North Secondary School, Barrie (individual)
  • Oct. 16 – Tecumseth Beeton Elementary School, Beeton (individual)


 


Shawn Gibson

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Shawn Gibson is a staff writer based in Barrie
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