October 16, 2021
Despite taking all possible measures at the beginning of the 2021- 22 academic year (please see a summary below), one of our staff members tested positive for Covid-19 on Oct. 2. This staff member had been masking and distancing. He isolated at home since the first onset of symptoms on Sept. 29. One of our students tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday evening, Oct. 3. As per the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s (SHA) public health order governing any known direct exposures to Covid-19, and the decision of our Board of Directors, we immediately moved into a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
After the last known exposure on Oct. 2, several more students tested positive for Covid-19. The SHA declared St. Therese Institute to be the site of a Covid-19 “outbreak.” (An “outbreak” is defined as two or more infections at one location.) All students who contracted Covid-19 have since recovered. All students will have completed their mandatory 10-day or 14-day individual quarantines as of Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021.
We continue to work closely with the SHA to do what is best for our students, follow SHA public health orders, and return to normal operations as soon as possible. Due to SHA protocols for any Covid-19 outbreak, we anticipate the outbreak to be declared officially over on Oct. 31. At that time, students who tested negative for Covid-19 and are not fully vaccinated will be permitted by SHA to return to St. Therese and continue the formation program.
Students who have completed their 10-day quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19, and those who are fully vaccinated, are permitted to return to the formation program immediately.
Students who have been in self-isolation at St. Therese have not had any contact with the local Bruno community, and by Tuesday, Oct. 19, these students, and all staff at St. Therese will be fully recovered, no longer contagious, and will be considered to have strong immunity from Covid-19. The risk of infection they pose to one another or to others is negligible.
As always, our top priority continues to be doing everything we can to keep our community safe and well. We look forward to our students re-entering their year of faith formation with renewed peace, joy, and confidence.
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