Five new cases of COVID in Simcoe County schools today

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Wasaga Beach Worsley Elementary School is reporting an active COVID case today, although no classrooms are closed at the school

Five new cases of COVID-19 are reported in Simcoe County schools today.

According to area school boards, there were 23 active cases of COVID in schools in Simcoe County as of the morning of September 28.

As of September 28, the Simcoe Muskoka District Catholic School Board reported a new case at St. Marie of the Incarnation Catholic School in Bradford, with a closed classroom. A new case is also being reported at St. Ann’s Catholic School in Penetanguishene, with a closed classroom.

Within the board, there are 19 active cases spread across 11 schools.

In addition to the new reported case, current active cases in Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board schools include:

  • Three cases at Monsignor Clair Catholic School in Barrie, with two closed classrooms
  • A case at St. Joseph’s Catholic High School in Barrie, with two closed classrooms
  • A case at St. Theresa Catholic High School in Midland, with a closed classroom
  • A case at St. James Catholic School (Tottenham)
  • Two cases at Sainte-Bernadette Catholic school (Barrie) and two classrooms are closed
  • Two cases at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School
  • Three cases and three closed classrooms at Saint Gabriel the Archangel Catholic School in Barrie
  • Two cases and two closed classrooms at St. Nicholas Catholic School, also in Barrie
  • Two cases and two closed classrooms at the Saint-François d’Assise Catholic School in Innisfil

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at Monsignor Clair Catholic School on September 22.

The Simcoe County District School Board is reporting three new cases in their schools as of September 28.

There is one case and class closure at Chris Hadfield Public School in Bradford, one case and class closure at WC Little Elementary School in Barrie, and one case at Worsley Elementary School in Wasaga Beach.

There are no other active cases registered on the SCDSB Advisory Board.

According to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit of WH Day Public School in Bradford, there are still three active outbreaks on the board of directors reported on September 20 (three cases), Alliston Union Public School reported. Sept. 17 (four cases) and Fieldcrest Elementary School Bradford School reported Sept. 15 (two cases).

Asked by Village media why outbreaks were still active in these three schools despite the school board not listing any active cases in schools, health unit officials said there was a delay in removing facilities from status hatching.

“In general, outbreaks are declared over when at least 14 days have passed without evidence of continued transmission that could reasonably be related to exposures in the school and no other symptomatic individuals have been reported by the school associated with exposed cohorts. ” said Kara Thomson-Ryczko, public health promoter at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. “As such, it would make sense if active cases were no longer seen online given that isolation is typically 10 days (instead of 14 days) from the date of onset.”

On September 13, the Conseil scolaire Viamonde reported a case of a student in the region at the Roméo-Dallaire high school in Barrie, which is still active.

School health unit declares outbreak when there is evidence of human-to-human transmission of COVID-19 at school.

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