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Calgary Catholic school dealing with surging COVID-19 cases

The Calgary Catholic School Centre, the basis of the Catholic schools in the city in Calgary on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. This building is the operation that helps run any of the Catholic schools in its district. (PHOTO: Chelsey Harms, 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – As we move further into the school year, the Calgary Catholic School Board is dealing with a surge in positive COVID-19 cases.

Chief superintendent Bryan Szumlas says there is concern about community transmission leading to the spread of the virus.

“We believe the cause is that (…) our students have been gathering outside of school and then we’re seeing the numbers in that group testing positive.”

He adds they are keeping constant contact with staff and parents to make sure guidelines are being met.

“We work collaboratively with Alberta Education as well as with Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services and we would take direction from them. Right now, we’re staying the course with our five health measures.”

The CCSD is dealing with 79 active cases currently, but Szumlas says that number can change in a short amount of time.