Staff member at Gladys McDonald School in Regina tests positive for COVID-19

A staff member at Gladys McDonald School in Regina has contracted the coronavirus.

Regina Public Schools (RPS) said it was informed Monday of the COVID-19 diagnosis by the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA).

Read more: List of Saskatchewan school coronavirus exposures and outbreaks

Families in the affected classroom have been contacted by the school division and students are staying home.

They will learn remotely until Nov. 13, RPS said in a statement, adding that the school remains open.

RPS said the health authority will contact any school family and staff member who may have been in close contact with the affected individual.

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Additional close contacts at the school will be contacted directly by public health, RPS said.

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A close contact is an individual who has been within two metres (six feet) of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes.

The school division said if any staff, students or school family members show any COVID-19 symptoms, they should stay at home and contact HealthLine 811.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus. In some provinces and municipalities across the country, masks or face coverings are now mandatory in indoor public spaces.

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