Coronavirus Canada updates: Manitoba records its first case in a school since reopening

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Coronavirus Canada updates: 30 of 42 new Manitoba COVID-19 cases are in Winnipeg
Coronavirus Canada updates: 30 of 42 new Manitoba COVID-19 cases are in Winnipeg

Manitoba’s chief public health officer Dr. Brent Roussin said Thursday that the province has identified its first case in a school setting.

The unidentified Grade 7 student at Churchill High School in Winnipeg had been tested for COVID-19 before the first day of school Tuesday, even though they had no symptoms. Classes have continued, and students are being asked to self-monitor for symptoms, but not to self-isolate.

“This individual did everything that they were supposed to do and that resulted in no close contacts being identified in this area,” said Roussin.

The Winnipeg School Division said to The Canadian Press that the student wore a mask while in school and they they also maintained physical distancing the entire time.

On Thursday, Roussin announced 15 new cases in Manitoba’s latest 24-hour stretch, with nine of them in Winnipeg. However, with 57 recently resolved cases, its active case count dropped to 360 — the lowest it’s been in weeks.

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