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UPDATE: Notice of COVID-19 outbreak at Lethbridge’s Chinook High School

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UPDATE:

The Lethbridge School Division (Public) provided more information Thursday (Sept. 10) in regards to the two positive cases of COVID-19 at Chinook High School.

Superintendent, Dr. Cheryl Gilmore says the cases are linked to a pair of students involved in the same extra-curricular activity outside the school. “Those two students attended seven different cohorts, in other words seven different classes. So we have seven cohorts of students which have received letters to be in quarantine.”

That amounts to approximately 200 students who will be spending the next two weeks at home, learning online until the all-clear has been given.

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Gilmore also noted Thursday that it’s really no surprising something like this has already happened this early in the school year, even with everyone in school following the public health protocols and guidelines closely.

“Again these two cases were in the same school, but not transferred within the school context. We have students coming back from summer and are engaged in different activities outside of the school,” says Gilmore.

BACKGROUND:

Alberta Health Services has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at a Lethbridge High School.

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In a letter dated September 9th, AHS says public health staff are investigating cases of the novel coronavirus at Chinook High on the city’s west side.

One case was confirmed earlier this week with a second case now confirmed at the school on Wednesday (Sept. 9). Alberta Health classifies an outbreak at a school when there are two or more positive, confirmed cases of COVID-19.

If staff and students have been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case, they will be contacted by public health directly for a follow-up.

At this time, it isn’t known if the two cases are linked to staff or students.

Chinook High remains open and AHS say “the risk of the general population in the school becoming infected because of these cases is low.”

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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