Classes to resume at Regina high school after positive coronavirus case

Regina Public Schools says classes will resume after a staff member tested positive for the novel coronavirus last week.

On the morning of Oct. 9, Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) informed the school division of the positive case at Winston Knoll Collegiate. This staff member was last in the school on Oct. 6.

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As a precautionary action, Regina Public School said it decided to cancel classes at Winston Knoll for the afternoon of Oct. 9.

After close contacts were identified and cleaning and disinfecting protocols were completed, the division said classes at the high school will resume as normal on Tuesday.

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The SHA will contact any school family and staff member who may have been in close contact with the affected individual, according to a statement.

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Any students or staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are asked by SHA to contact HealthLine 811.

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