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Five more COVID-19 cases connected to HRCE schools

As with any positive case, public health will be in touch with any close contacts of these people and advise of next steps
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NEWS RELEASE
COVID-19/EDUCATION/EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
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Nova Scotia is reporting five additional cases of COVID-19, identified today, April 22, connected to schools in Central Zone.

One case was identified at each of the following schools:
-- Dartmouth South Academy, Dartmouth
-- Ross Road School, Westphal
-- Holland Road Elementary, Fletchers Lake
-- St. Catherine's Elementary, Halifax
-- St. Joseph's-Alexander McKay Elementary, Halifax

Dartmouth South Academy and Ross Road School are closed to students and those schools are moving to at-home learning for a two-week period. They are both part of the families of schools that were included in the restrictions announced earlier today.

Holland Road Elementary will remain closed to students until Wednesday, April 28. Students will learn from home until the school reopens.

St. Catherine's Elementary will remain closed to students until Wednesday, April 28. Students will learn from home until the school reopens.

St. Joseph's-Alexander McKay Elementary is currently closed due to a previous case and is expected to reopen on Monday, April 26.

As with any positive case, public health will be in touch with any close contacts of these people and advise of next steps, including testing. Everyone who is a close contact will be notified, tested and asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

Out of an abundance of caution, public health is recommending that all students and staff be tested. No self-isolation is required, unless people have been identified as a close contact by public health or have symptoms.

Information about COVID-19 cases connected to public schools can be found at: https://www.ednet.ns.ca/backtoschool/case-info .

Because these cases came in after the cut-off for daily COVID-19 reporting, they are not included in today's case update and will not appear on our data website, dashboard or daily COVID-19 case release until Friday, April 23.

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