CALGARY (660 NEWS) — The principal of a southwest Calgary high school said many students are not following health guidelines after an outbreak was declared.
Henry Wise Wood High School was issued a letter from Alberta Health Services (AHS) warning of the outbreak Wednesday.
The school’s principal also released a letter saying students have been breaking physical distancing rules and not wearing masks when needed.
Outbreaks declared at 2 #Alberta schools. Henry Wise Wood HS in #Calgary & Chinook HS in #Lethbridge, both seeing 2+ cases within 2wks. HWW principal explains between horseplay & hugging, students are breaking physical distancing & masks aren't always being worn when needed. #yyc pic.twitter.com/E1srvICoid
— Saif Kaisar (@StaySaif) September 10, 2020
The principal goes to say the school has implemented a new rule where students are required to enter through an assigned door starting Thursday.
In an email statement to 660 NEWS, AHS said, “Two or more cases of COVID-19 attended Henry Wise Wood High School, in Calgary, while infectious.”
“AHS is already working directly with the school to limit risk of spread. This includes assessing the classroom setting, and identifying and assessing the close contacts of the case.”
NEW: AHS says an outbreak has been declared at Henry Wisewood High School. No case-specific details will be shared and AHS is working with the school to limit risk of spread pic.twitter.com/47zrRTzvLE
— Jeff Slack (@Jeffslack660) September 10, 2020
Anyone who may have been exposed will be contacted directly by AHS.
No case-specific details will be shared as to protect patient confidentiality.
This comes as a high school in Lethbridge also declared an outbreak.
In a statement on the school’s website, Chinook High School said AHS has been working closely with the Lethbridge School Division to support and manage the safety of our schools.
At least two cases have been confirmed at the school, which will remain open.
The Alberta government has released an online map that will inform the public when a school has a COVID-19 outbreak.
Two or more confirmed cases at the same school within 14 days or that are linked to each other through a school exposure is defined as a COVID-19 outbreak.