Outbreak in a school on the South Shore: Halloween involved?

A school in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, on the South Shore of Montreal, is forced to close its doors following an outbreak of COVID-19. TVA Nouvelles has learned that a rally over the Halloween weekend may have contributed to the outbreak.

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The Docteur-Alexis-Bouthillier high school went into virtual mode on Tuesday morning after 34 positive cases were reported.

A clinic had also been organized with the Department of Public Health of Montérégie, last Thursday. A total of 29 students and five staff members were diagnosed positively.

The school will remain closed for at least two weeks in order to carry out a thorough cleaning of the facilities.

A Halloween activity involved?

TVA Nouvelles has learned that a staff gathering over the Halloween weekend may have contributed to the outbreak, information that the Hautes-Rivières School Service Center did not want to confirm.

“The management was indeed recently informed that some members of the staff had held an activity on October 30th and has already taken the appropriate measures in this regard”, one can read in a press release obtained by the journalist Andrée Ducharme.

Classes should resume around November 30. A total of 371 students will take their courses remotely.


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