July 24th, 2021

YMCA after-school programming affected by positive COVID case

By Medicine Hat News on June 15, 2021.

The YMCA of Medicine Hat has outlined details surrounding a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in one of its after-school care programs.

“On June 12, we were notified by Alberta Health Service that a student attending the George Davison Before and After School Care Program between June 8 and 10 tested positive for COVID-19,” said Sharon Hayward, CEO of YMCA of Medicine Hat, in a press release.

“As a result, the families of 16 students have been contacted and notified that their children are considered close contact and must self-isolate until June 25. As a result of this positive COVID-19 result, the YMCA of Medicine Hat’s George Davison Before & After School Care program will be fully closed on Monday, June 14 to allow us time to do a thorough sanitization of all program equipment and spaces.”

The press release also indicates that AHS has confirmed the morning program is not impacted and can safely resume normal operations on June 15. However, since 95% of the program’s afternoon group will be self-isolating until the end of the school year, the afternoon program will remain closed.

“We regret the inconvenience this situation causes are grateful for the understanding and co-operation of families to keep everyone safe and healthy,” said Hayward in the press release. “We will continue to work together to fight the spread of COVID-19.”

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