Parent tests positive for COVID-19 after visiting Oakville school


Published December 2, 2020 at 11:24 am

Halton Public Health was recently informed that a parent who visited an Oakville school tested positive for COVID-19.

The case was reported on Appleby College’s website, a private school that teaches grades 7-12, located at 540 Lakeshore Rd W.

Principal Innes van Nostrand and head of school, Dr. Katrina Samson, notified employees and the school community on Nov. 25.

According to the website, the school was contacted by a parent that tested positive for COVID-19 a few days after visiting the campus.

The parent, who was asymptomatic, had taken the test as a precautionary measure before travelling internationally.

“The parent and their family are currently at home in self-isolation. Both the parent and the school’s Health Centre have been in contact with Halton Region Public Health (HRPH). Based on initial screening, the Halton Public Health department did not identify any high-risk contacts outside of the parent’s immediate family members,” stated the website.

The website confirmed that while on campus, the parent wore a face mask and practiced social distancing.

“The parent had no direct interaction with students and those with whom there were low-risk interactions have all been contacted directly.”

Additionally, the school reported that a staff member of the doctors who operate their private practice on campus has also tested positive for COVID-19.

“The staff member supports the doctors’ patients in their offices which are separate from the school’s Health Centre and has no responsibilities or interactions with students or employees of the school. Halton Region Public Health (HRPH) are in contact with the doctors’ office and they are working together to complete contact tracing,” stated the website.

“There is minimal risk of transmission to students, employees or general visitors to campus as a result of this positive test, however as it involved an individual who works on campus, we feel we have an obligation to inform our community.”

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