COVID-19 outbreaks declared at schools in Pembroke, Petawawa


Outbreaks of COVID-19 have been declared at a schools in both Petawawa and Pembroke after three students combined tested positive for the virus. 

The latest outbreak was confirmed at Valour High School in Petawawa on Sunday evening after two more students tested positive for the virus, which follows one student who had tested positive the previous week. An outbreak was also confirmed at Bishop Smith Catholic High School on Friday after a staff member tested positive, the first of two cases at the school. 

The Renfrew County and District Health Unit said contacts have been notified and the schools remain open. They are the only two outbreaks at schools in Renfrew County. 

The province's new regional COVID-19 monitoring system was put in place over the weekend with Renfrew County placed in the 'green-prevent' phase, or the lowest level of restrictions based on the cases in the area. Provincial hotspots, like the City of Ottawa, have been placed in the 'orange' category, one below the grey lockdown level, the highest on the pandemic scale. 

The Renfrew County area has eight active cases of the virus as of Monday morning and no patients in hospital. Ontario reported record-breaking cases on both Saturday and Sunday, 1,132 and 1,328 respectively, mostly in the hotspots of Toronto, Peel, York and Ottawa.