Massive screening linked to a suspected variant case at Alexander Wolff Elementary School in Shannon is almost complete as 92% of those targeted were tested on Friday.
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Thursday evening, 675 students and staff of this public school in the Quebec City region received systematic screening instructions for the suspected presence of a new strain of COVID-19, which is more contagious.
As of 5:30 p.m. Friday, 625 of them had undergone this test at a testing center in the region. The CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale is delighted with this “impressive result which testifies to the seriousness and commitment of the population in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic”.
The few missing people are invited to be tested as soon as possible “in order to obtain a complete epidemiological portrait of the situation”, specified a spokesperson, Mathieu Boivin.
“The potential arrival of variants of the coronavirus is a worrying development from a public health point of view and it is imperative to prevent their spread if we are to bring the pandemic under control,” he added.
The closure of the Alexander-Wolff school was decreed on Thursday, as a precautionary measure. A group of students were already in segregation at home at the time.
The school will remain closed next week for the spring break already scheduled in the school calendar.
Further analyzes will be necessary to confirm that this is indeed a case associated with a new strain of COVID-19. The results will be known within two weeks.
This is the second school in the Quebec City region to deal with a suspected variant case in recent days.
The Marguerite-D’Youville elementary school in Cap-Rouge reopened its doors last week following a massive screening operation that identified only one additional positive case.