Today, April 11, the Brant County Health Unit declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Agnes G. Hodge Public School in Brantford.
As outlined in the Ministry of Education’s Operational Guidance, an outbreak is defined as two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or staff in a school with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school.
News of the second COVID-19 case at Agnes G. Hodge came on April 11. The first case was identified on April 6.
Understandably, for privacy reasons, the identity of these COVID-19 cases will not be disclosed. These individuals have been directed by the health unit to self-isolate, along with any family members who reside in the same household.
Upon receiving this news, Grand Erie immediately shared the contact information of the students and staff initially identified by the health unit as close contacts to these COVID-19 cases. As no new cohorts were affected, no further close contacts have been asked to self-isolate and the Brant County Health Unit has been in contact with individuals identified previously as they work through their contact tracing. The health unit is providing further direction and next steps to these individuals, including confirmation of their isolation period. If additional students or staff are impacted, the Brant County Health Unit will advise as soon as possible.
A close contact includes any students or staff in the impacted cohort(s), but may also include others. Grand Erie provided the health unit with class lists, transportation records and child care information.
Agnes G. Hodge will remain open for those students and staff not required to self-isolate when in-person learning resumes on April 19 after the Spring Break. Grand Erie custodians continue to complete their disinfecting of schools each night.