BONNYVILLE – There have been two confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Bonnyville and Cold Lake area schools since students returned to the classroom after the Christmas break.
Northern Lights Public Schools (NLPS) reported two cases at Cold Lake Middle School. Lakeland Catholic School Division (LCSD) hasn’t had any in their schools as of Jan. 22, but their central office reported one since the holidays.
In a statement released to Cold Lake Middle School’s parents, the first case confirmed at the facility was announced on Jan. 15.
“All students and staff who are considered close contacts of the individual have been contacted and directed to self-isolate,” the statement read. “All other staff and students have also been notified. Out of respect for privacy, and in accordance with Alberta Health Services guidelines, we cannot disclose any personal details about the positive case.”
The middle school was notified on Jan. 18 of the second case of COVID-19 that was connected to the facility in 2021.
“We continue to work with Alberta Health Services (AHS) to ensure necessary measures are in place to protect students and staff,” they stressed.
NLPS communications officer Nicole Garner confirmed to Lakeland This Week those are the only two cases linked to their schools as of Jan. 22.
Since students and staff came back from the December break, LCSD hasn’t seen any of their schools connected to a positive COVID-19 case.
“We’ve actually had one case in our central office and that was it,” explained deputy superintendent Pamela Guilbault. “None in the schools.”
LCSD schools did report 21 cases throughout the division before the schools were closed for three weeks, but in-school transmission didn’t occur, superintendent Joe Arruda stated.
“All the cases we had were community (transmission),” he added.