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First possible transmission of COVID-19 confirmed at Edmonton school

Last Updated Sep 19, 2020 at 12:24 pm MDT

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – Alberta’s chief medical officer of health has confirmed the first possible transmission of COVID-19 in a school.

Two cases of infection have been confirmed at Waverley School in Edmonton.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said approximately 12 students from a Grade 1/2 combined class and seven staff members will need to isolate at home for 14 days.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is investigating in collaboration with the school and the school board and will determine if there needs to be more protocols brought in.

Hinshaw said, at this point, there is no evidence that they will need to change to a different learning model, or that other staff and students are at risk.

Across Alberta, there have been 78 cases of students or staff in school while infectious.

Around 57 schools have reported an infectious case while attending the school.