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COVID-19 tests available for St. Marie students, staff, family tonight

Health unit is hosting a walk-in test clinic for people without any symptoms of COVID-19 who would like to be tested because of their connection to Bradford school
St. Marie of the Incarnation School.

The region's health unit will be offering COVID tests to students and staff and their family members of St. Marie of the Incarnation Catholic school in Bradford tonight. 

The school has been in a COVID-19 outbreak since Oct. 1 with 20 student cases now associated with the outbreak. 

According to Dr. Charles Gardner, medical officer of health for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, the 20 cases are, for the most part, within a single cohort or are individuals connected to that cohort, such as siblings. 

The health unit is offering an optional COVID test to any students, staff, or their household members who do not have symptoms and who are not already identified as high-risk close contacts of a known case. The test clinic will be at the school tonight (Oct. 13) from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

From 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., high-risk contacts who are not symptomatic may attend the walk-in clinic for a COVID test. 

“The testing would be optional, and, I think, would help reassure people with regard to transmission status, and would give us more information with regard to the degree of control we have,” said Gardner during a media briefing on Oct. 13.

Erika Engel

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