UPDATED: St. Joseph’s High School Closed Due To COVID-19 Outbreak

Wednesday September 15th, 2021

Posted at 4:37pm

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Last updated: Wednesday September 15th, 5:16pm

St. Joseph’s High school has been closed by the Health Unit after an outbreak of COVID-19.   A school outbreak is declared if there are two or more cases in a school that are linked and if there is evidence that at least one case could have been infected in the school.

The Health Unit says there are currently five confirmed cases with the most recent exposure date of September 9th, 2021.  As a precaution, the entire school community is being dismissed as of Wednesday, September 15th, 2021 and the school will remain closed until further notice.

All children, staff, and visitors that were in attendance from Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 to Thursday, September 9th, 2021, and not previously identified as having a high-risk exposure have been directed to get tested. Testing is recommended for all affected children, staff, and visitors.  Anyone that develops symptoms must isolate and get tested immediately regardless of immunization status, or previously negative test results.

“Based on the level of spread in our community, it is necessary to excuse students in order to limit the potential for spread in this setting. We are actively working to investigate cases tied to this school and provide guidance to those directly impacted,” said Nicole Dupuis, Chief Executive Officer at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

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