New COVID-19 Numbers for Secondary Schools in Cobourg

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At St. Mary Catholic Secondary School the number has reached Cobourg the number has reached 25 cases with one resolved.

At Cobourg Collegiate Institute the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 17.

Below is a copy of the letter/e-mail sent to parents.

April 11, 2021

Dear Cobourg Collegiate Institute students, staff and families,
We are providing an update to share that we have been notified of 6 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 at our school, for a total of 17 confirmed cases. One possible case is still waiting for a confirmation. The individuals will remain at home until the Health Unit advises they may return to school. The identity of these individuals is protected by privacy legislation and cannot be shared.

Anyone identified as a close contact of these cases has already been contacted with a separate notice from public health and instructed to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of their last exposure.

As a result of the investigation by the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge (HKPR) District Health Unit, the HKPR District Health Unit declared an outbreak at Cobourg Collegiate Institute on April 9, 2021.

The term ‘outbreak’ is used provincially by public health units when they believe there is evidence that at least one person could have reasonably acquired their infection within the school.

We continue to work closely with the HKPR Health Unit to respond to this issue, and we continue to follow all public health and provincial guidelines to protect student and staff safety.

In terms of our school operations, we are sharing the following information:

HKPR will be providing us with some short-term directions regarding further limiting student and staff contacts and limiting visitors when school resumes.

Signs will be posted on school doors identifying the current outbreak status.

We continue to implement our enhanced daily pandemic cleaning protocols, and regular disinfection of our school with the electro-static sprayer.

At this time, the HKPR District Health Unit would like to remind members of our school community (and all members of our community) to limit contact with others and remain only in close contact with household members.

All students and staff are asked to continue to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19; this includes completing the daily self-assessment for symptoms which is available at
If you or your child develop one of these symptoms, please immediately self-isolate at home, and seek testing. Please keep your child or yourself at home even if symptoms seem mild, like a common cold. As always, please remember to inform us if your child will be absent from school.

To protect yourselves, your children and the community, the HKPR District Health Unit recommends that you physically distance from others as much as possible; stay home when sick; wear a mask when indoors, on a bus, or whenever you cannot maintain a two metre distance; clean hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer; cough and sneeze into your sleeve; avoid touching your face; avoiding sharing personal items with others; and avoid close contact with anyone who is ill.

We continue to follow all public health recommendations to help protect student and staff safety and we will let families know of any further developments. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

James Patenall

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