Niagara Catholic Closes Classrooms at Two Schools Due to COVID-19

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Over the weekend, the Niagara Region Public Health Unit notified the Niagara Catholic District School Board that a person had tested positive for COVID-19 at two of their schools – the Catholic Elementary School St.

For the COVID-19 case in Saint-Martin, council spokesperson Jennifer Pellegrini said: “Students and staff in six classrooms were exposed to COVID-19 while this person was contagious. “

Pellegrini also confirmed that students and staff at St. James had been exposed to COVID-19 but did not identify the number of exposed classrooms.

St. Martin is the 17th Catholic school in Niagara to be affected by COVID-19.

Confirmation of the two new cases brings Niagara Catholic’s case count to 26 since September 8.

The council’s website said Monday it had nine active cases and 17 resolved cases.

“Both schools are working with the Niagara Region Public Health Department and will comply with all requirements,” said Pellegrini. “The Niagara Region Public Health Unit is in the process of contacting all students and staff who have had direct contact with this person. Niagara Catholic advises all contacts to follow the recommendations of Niagara Region Public Health.

Niagara Catholic did not indicate whether the cases involved students or staff due to confidentiality concerns.

While the online provincial schools database will determine whether the person is a staff member or a student, no update was provided on Monday.

Sean Vanderklis is a Niagara-based reporter for the Niagara Falls Review. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government as part of its local journalism initiative. Contact him by e-mail: [email protected]



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