3 Catholic colleges, 2 public colleges tied to potential Omicron cluster in London, Ont. | Globalnews.ca

3 Catholic schools, 2 public schools tied to potential Omicron cluster in London, Ont.  | Globalnews.ca

2021-12-07 18:54:21

College students at three Catholic colleges in London, Ont., shall be studying remotely for no less than the remainder of the week as a result of potential cluster of the brand new COVID-19 variant, Omicron.

The general public board, in the meantime, mentioned shut contact instances have been recognized at two of its colleges, which is able to stay open at the moment.

The Middlesex-London Well being Unit reported Monday afternoon that it had robust motive to imagine {that a} cluster of 30 instances with roughly 100 extra high-risk contacts includes the Omicron variant. Whereas the well being unit is awaiting the outcomes of complete genomic sequencing to substantiate, it mentioned that as a result of the truth that a few of the people had travelled to London from Nigeria in addition to the preliminary laboratory screening outcomes, “the chance of an Omicron cluster may be very excessive.”

On the time, the MLHU mentioned the cluster was tied to “a number of colleges and child-care centres” but it surely was not naming them publicly because it was nonetheless within the means of notifying members of these communities.

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Monday night time, the London District Catholic College Board introduced that St. Marguerite within the White Hills neighbourhood, St. Nicholas in River Bend and St. Mary Choir and Orchestra within the Previous East Village can be closing efficient instantly “because of the variety of college students and employees quarantining” in reference to the potential Omicron cluster.

“Because the instances have an effect on employees in a number of completely different school rooms all through the colleges as a part of their common duties, this resolution was made out of an abundance of warning to assist make sure the well being, security and well-being of all college students and employees on the colleges,” the board mentioned in a press release.

The board anticipates that in-person lessons will resume subsequent Monday, Dec. 13.

Based on Monday’s information from the MLHU, there have been 5 lively COVID-19 instances confirmed at St. Marguerite d’Youville College, three at St. Nicholas Catholic College and two at St. Mary Choir and Orchestra Catholic College.

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The Thames Valley District College Board introduced Monday night time that “Princess Elizabeth Public College in London, and Delaware Public College in Delaware have recognized shut contact instances.”

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The board says everybody impacted is isolating and the colleges will stay open at the moment.

“Because the state of affairs evolves, we are going to proceed to take precautionary measures primarily based on the steerage of our native well being models to make sure the protection of our employees and college students, which is our primary precedence,” director of training Mark Fisher mentioned.

Performing medical officer of well being Dr. Alex Summers added that the state of affairs is evolving rapidly however there may be robust proof to point “that the Omicron variant has arrived in our area.”

“Whereas we’re nonetheless studying concerning the variant, it’s clear that it spreads simply,” he mentioned.

“We advocate individuals proceed to observe public well being steerage, particularly by getting vaccinated, sporting a masks, sustaining bodily distance, and limiting the dimensions of social gatherings.”

 





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