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COVID-19 case associated with Westgate High School

Contacts of the individual will be informed directly.
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THUNDER BAY —  A person associated with Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

The Lakehead District School Board made the announcement Monday afternoon after it received notification from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit.

The board said it is working with TBDHU to investigate and to manage any potential exposures in the school as well as related settings, such as bus transportation.

Officials are trying to identify all individuals who would be considered a high-risk or a low-risk contact of the infected individual.

"Parents or caregivers of students in impacted classes or cohorts, including bus transportation and extra-curricular activities, will be directly contacted by a public health professional to complete an assessment and will be provided with further instructions," the board stated.

It said that, similarly, any teachers, staff, visitors or any others who are impacted will be contacted directly.

With updated evidence, higher-risk contacts will be excluded from school for an isolation period, but the board said the broad exclusion of entire cohorts from schools or activities is not required at this time.

Investigation results are expected to continue to unfold over the next few days.

The school board said any additional measures will be implemented as needed.