Outbreak Declared Within Cohort At L.A. Desmarais Catholic Elementary School

Wednesday December 16th, 2020

Posted at 12:05pm


The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has declaired an outbreak of COVID-19 within a cohort at L.A. Desmarais Catholic Elementary School.

As per provincial direction, a school outbreak is declared if there are two or more cases in a school and if there is evidence that at least one case could have been infected in the school.

There are currently at least two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a single classroom. As a precaution, the entire class was previously dismissed and asked to isolate for a period of 14-days and get tested for COVID-19. The outbreak is currently limited to a single cohort that was already dismissed last week.

The entire class cohort is considered high-risk for exposure to COVID-19 and the WECHU is working closely with the school and the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board (WECDSB) administrators to manage the outbreak. The school has already sent parents and guardians a notice about the outbreak, which includes additional public health guidance.

At this time, all other students and staff are deemed low-risk. All individuals are advised to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and contact their health care provider and/or assessment centre if they develop symptoms.

“It is essential for the students to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms every day. If you have any symptoms, go get tested,” says Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health with WECHU.

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