Numbers starting to drop at Fort Erie public school hit hard by COVID-19 outbreak last week

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Published November 9, 2021 at 12:20 pm

The COVID-19 cases at Fort Erie’s John Brant Public School are starting to drop after a serious outbreak at the school last week.

Last week, the school represented nearly half the cases for the entire District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) with 11 ongoing cases and seven closed classrooms.

As of today, the school is dealing with four cases and three closed classrooms, a significant drop.

It got bad enough last week that the Niagara Regional Public Health set up a two-day clinic in the community, offering free virus testing to students and parents.

In a letter penned by Associate Medical Officer of Health Azim Kasmani, he told parents, “Together with the (District School Board of Niagara), we are committed to supporting our community and well-being of families and students during this challenging time.”

“We want to assure you that it remains safe for children, who have not been instructed to isolate as a case or close contact, to attend school.”

The clinics were set up at nearby Crystal Ridge Community Centre Thursday and Friday late afternoon to evening last week.

“The clinic will be available to any member of the school community,” Kasmani said at the time. “Testing is voluntary and is available to those with and without symptoms, as persons can be infected with COVID-19 and may not be symptomatic.”

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