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Province reports 8th COVID-19 case this week connected to a school in the Halifax area (update)

Shannon Park Elementary will be closed to students until Tuesday
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UPDATE: Late Wednesday, the province announced an eight case connected to a school in the Halifax area, at Bell Park Academic Centre in Lake Echo.

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Another case of COVID-19 has been connected to a school in the Halifax area.

This one is at Shannon Park Elementary in Dartmouth, which will be closed to students until Tuesday, April 27. 

"A deep cleaning will take place and students will learn from home during the closure," it said in a news release. "Families will receive an update before students return to school on Tuesday."

Public health officials are now in the process of tracking down close contacts and letting them know their next steps, which will include testing and self-isolation.

Because the result came in after the deadline for reporting case data, so it will be included in Thursday's daily case count.

This is the seventh COVID-19 case connected to a local school reported this week, and the second today.

When the province released the daily COVID-19 report Wednesday, it reported a case connected to Joseph Giles Elementary in Dartmouth.

Those students will also be learning from home until Tuesday.

Dartmouth South Academy, Auburn Drive High and Mount Edward Elementary students are learning online until Monday.

Students at St. Joseph's - Alexander McKay Elementary and South Woodside Elementary are expected to return to the classroom on Thursday.

Nova Scotia reported 25 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, including one connected to a long-term care facility in Eastern Passage.

Residents at Ocean View Continuing Care Centre are being isolated and the facility is not currently allowing visitors.

There are 79 active cases in the province as of Wednesday.

Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang will be holding their briefing earlier than usual. It is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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