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Confirmed COVID-19 cases affect staff of F.H. Clergue, Parkland day care (updated: Clergue says no contact with school community)

Provincial data shows positive cases in staff members at public school, child care program
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3:53 p.m. update:

F.H. Clergue's principal says in a note to parents this afternoon that the staff member in question has not had "any contact with the school or the school community, since prior to the holiday break."

Original story:

An Ontario government website is reporting positive cases of COVID-19 in staff members of a local public school and a day care located in another.

A staff member at F.H. Clergue Public School and a staff member of Child Care Algoma's Parkland-based daycare have both tested positive for COVID-19, according to a provincial database of recently-confirmed cases in schools and licenced childcare settings. 

It is unclear exactly when the positive cases were confirmed. The Ontario government reports school and child care cases daily. Cases listed on the site are for the last 14 days. This news comes as Algoma Public Health has gone more than two days without reporting a positive case for the first time since the beginning of 2021.

Child Care Algoma Executive Director Anne Deluco says the confirmed case in the staff member at the Parkland site was not declared an outbreak by Algoma Public Health (APH).

"At this time, APH has determined that there is no risk of COVID-19 to the child care centre," Deluco told SooToday via email. "The individual associated with Child Care Algoma has not been in the centre since closure for the holidays and no close contacts were identified by APH that are associated with the centre."

SooToday has reached out to Algoma District School Board for comment.