Parents of R.D. Parker students informed of first confirmed case of COVID-19 at the high school

Thompson had its first case of COVID-19 in a school confirmed Oct. 20.

A letter to parents from Northern Regional Health Authority (NRHA) medical officer of health Dr. Michael Isaac was sent out Tuesday evening, informing them that someone from the school had tested positive for the novel coronavirus and may have been infectious while at the school Oct. 15-16.

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“R.D. Parker Collegiate is working closely with public health officials and following their recommendations,” reads the letter. “Based on the public health investigation, this exposure was assessed to be low risk overall due to the thorough and consistent application of COVID-19 prevention measures.”

Close contacts of the person who tested positive will be contacted and given instructions by public health staff and the school remains open for all other students and staff to attend in person.

Anyone whose child develops fever or chills, a cough, a sore throat or hoarse voice, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell or vomiting or diarrhea for more than 24 hours is instructed to isolate themselves from others and seek testing within 24 hours after symptoms appear. The same advice applies to anyone who gets two or more of the following symptoms: runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, pink eye, a headache, a skin rash of unknown cause or a loss of appetite.

People with these symptoms who do not get tested must self-isolate for 10 days following the start of symptoms. Isolation can be discontinued after 10 days if the person has been symptom-free for 24 hours.

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