The mass screening related to suspected variation at Alexander Wolff Elementary School in Shannon is almost complete as 92% of those targeted were tested on Friday.
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On Thursday afternoon, 675 students and staff from this public school in the Quebec City area received systematic screening instructions for the suspicious presence of a new COVID-19 executive, which is more contagious.
From 5:30 p.m. On Friday, 625 of them underwent this test at a testing center in the area. The CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale is pleased with this “impressive result that testifies to the seriousness and commitment of the population in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic”.
The few missing are being tested as soon as possible “in order to get a full epidemiological portrait of the situation,” said a spokesman, Mathieu Boivin.
“The possible arrival of variants of the Koran virus is a worrying development in terms of public health and it is imperative to prevent their spread if we want to control the pandemic,” he added.
The closure of the Alexander-Wolff School was decided on Thursday, as a precautionary measure. A group of students were already separated at home at the time.
The school will be closed next week for the spring break already scheduled in the school calendar.
Further analysis will be needed to confirm that this is a case involving a new strain of COVID-19. The results will be known within two weeks.
This is the second school in the Quebec City area to encounter a suspicious variation in recent days.
Marguerite-D’Youville Elementary School in Cap-Rouge reopened last week after a massive audit operation identified only one additional positive case.