The Brant County Health Unit declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Paris District High School on Friday, December 24.
As outlined in the Ministry of Education’s Operational Guidance, an outbreak is defined as two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or staff in a school with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school.
The initial positive case was confirmed on December 13, and the subsequent linked cases
were confirmed on December 20 and 24.
Understandably, for privacy reasons, the identity of the COVID-19 cases will not be disclosed. These individuals have been directed by the health unit to self-isolate, along with any family members who reside in the same household.
The Brant County Health Unit has provided further direction and next steps via email to these individuals, including confirmation of their isolation period. If additional Paris District students or staff are impacted, the Brant County Health Unit will advise as soon as possible.
Grand Erie has provided the health unit with class lists and transportation records to support the Brant County Health Unit.
The school’s outbreak will be closely monitored and reported on by the Brant County Health Unit.