COVID-19: HKPR reports 14 new cases, closes Castleton school; lifts outbreaks at schools, daycare –

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The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit reported 14 new cases of COVID-19, closed one school due to a case and declared three outbreaks over, according to data released on Thursday afternoon.
There were 10 new cases in the City of Kawartha Lakes, three in Northumberland County and one in Haliburton County.
The number of active cases is at 69 as of 1:50 p.m. Thursday, up from 59 reported on Wednesday. Among the 69 active cases, 44 are in the Kawarthas (eight more since Wednesday), 22 in Northumberland (one more) and three in Haliburton County (one more).
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Late Wednesday afternoon the health unit reported an initial screening of a Northumberland County resident who has COVID-19 has shown the person has the markers “consistent with the Omicron variant.
Although Omicron has not yet been confirmed in this individual, medical officer of health Dr. Natalie Bocking says this screening means it is “highly likely” that this is an Omicron variant infection — making it the first for the health unit.
On Thursday, the health unit reported outbreaks were declared over at Parkview Public School in Lindsay (declared on Dec. 9), J. Douglas Hodgson Elementary School in Haliburton (declared Dec. 4) and at the My Toy Spot child care/daycare in Lindsay (declared Dec. 1 with at least two cases. The facility was voluntarily closed).
There are still three active outbreaks for the health unit:
Since the pandemic was declared, the health unit has dealt with 83 outbreaks: 30 at long-term care and/or retirement homes, 13 at workplaces, 13 at community settings, 13 at schools, 11 at congregate settings, two at a hospital and one at a child-care facility.
Late Wednesday, the health unit — in consultation with the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board — decided to close Northumberland Hills Public School in Castleton following a positive case result (the school board does not identify if the case is a student or staff member). In a letter to parents and guardians, principal Stephen Koshurba said the closure was out of an “abundance of caution.”
“Evolving considerations related to the new COVID-19 variant of concern have prompted a more conservative approach for contact management,” said Koshurba. “Out of an abundance of caution, the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board has made the decision, in consultation with HKPRDHU, to close the school to in-person learning effective immediately.”
All kindergarten to Grade 8 students will transition to virtual learning for the rest of the week. Classroom teachers will contact families with further directions.
Other cases for the school board as of 10:40 a.m. Thursday:
The Trillium Lakelands District School Board reported as of 2 p.m. Thursday reported 10 active students cases:
The Peterborough Victoria Northumberland Clarington District School Board as of 1:30 p.m. Thursday reported seven active cases (school board does not identify if cases involve students or staff):
Other data from the health unit on Thursday:
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