Notice to the Town of Moosonee

The Porcupine Health Unit is notifying the community members of the town of Moosonee that, further investigation has identified spread on school transportation between two previously confirmed COVID- 19 cases. Usually, this would meet the definition of a school outbreak. However, an outbreak is not being declared as it would already be over as per provincial guidance due to no ongoing risk and more than 14 days have passed since the date of exposure which was February 19.

As per Provincial guidance, school outbreaks are defined when at least two confirmed cases of COVID-19 are linked within 14 days, and at least one of the cases could have acquired their infection in a school setting, which includes school transportation.

At this time, everyone with potential exposure on the school bus has already been identified, called and followed-up as per public health guidance. All testing has come back negative. While there is no further action required, we are sharing this now to be cautious, to be transparent, and to reinforce the need to follow the measures to protect community members. Those involved with the bus exposure will be receiving communication from the school boards.

Please continue to monitor closely for any symptoms and even if you have tested negative before, stay home and get tested again if you have new symptoms. Limit close contact to those who live with you, keep 2m from anyone who doesn’t live with you, wash your hands, wear a mask, and practise cough and sneeze etiquette.