COVID positive person had contact with three Niagara Catholic schools, including one in Grimsby

Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School in Grimsby. Photo Credit: White Line Architects

A person with a connection to three Niagara Catholic schools, including one in Grimsby, has tested positive for COVID-19.

The infected person, the Niagara Catholic school board said, was connected to Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School in Grimsby, and the Niagara Falls schools Sacred Heart Catholic Elementary School and Father Hennepin Catholic Elementary School.

Meanwhile, the board said the outbreak at St. Michael Catholic High School in Niagara Falls which included seven confirmed cases of COVID-19, has been declared over by Niagara Region Public Health.

NRPH has also advised that a second, confirmed case of COVID-19 reported at St. Charles Catholic Elementary School in Thorold triggered another outbreak declaration by NRPH. However, that too has now ended. NRPH said that there is no risk of transmission to anyone at the school.

Niagara Catholic has also learned that an individual at Father Hennepin Catholic Elementary School in Niagara Falls has tested positive for COVID-19. The person has been in isolation since prior to the Christmas break and it has been determined there was no risk of transmission to the school community. NRPH says it has reached everyone that had contact with the infected person.

Niagara Catholic does not share the identities of COVID-19 cases or identify if they are teachers, staff or students. That information is sometimes published at a later date by the Ontario Ministry of Health, but its disclosure is not timely or consistent.

Community members with questions about COVID-19 can call Niagara Region Public Health’s
COVID-19 Info-Line for assistance from a Public Health Nurse, which is staffed Monday to Friday, 9:15 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. at 905-688-8248 or toll-free at 1-888-505-6074.

COVID-19 in Niagara schools

The DSBN is currently reporting 38 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 26 of its schools, with 23 closed classrooms and 23 resolved cases.

Niagara Catholic is reporting 52 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 3 active and 49 resolved, in 21 of its schools. All Niagara Catholic schools are open.

DSBN and Niagar Catholic schools will be closed due to the province-wide lockdown after the winter break ends Jan. 4, 2021. Online learning will be initiated. Elementary schools are expected to return to in-class learning Jan 11. High schools will reopen for in-person learning on Jan. 25.

COVID-19 in West Niagara schools

Detailed data as follows for each school board :

District School Board of Niagara

SchoolLocationCasesClosed ClassroomsSchool StatusResolved CasesWho was infected?
A.N Myer Secondary School Niagara, Falls11Open0Student
Dalewood French Immersion Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1Unknown
Diamond Trail Public SchoolWelland17Open0Unknown
Eden High SchoolSt. Catharines20Open21 student, 1 unidentified
E.I. McCulley Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1Unknown
Ferndale Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1Unknown
Forestview Public SchoolNiagara Falls32Open03 students
Glynn A Green Public SchoolPelham10Open1Child at YMCA daycare
Governor SimcoeSt. Catharines10Open1Unknown
Grimsby Secondary SchoolGrimsby10Open1Unknown
Lincoln Centennial Public SchoolSt. Catharines50Open11 student, 1 staff, 2 unknown
Lockview Public SchoolSt. Catharines11Open01 staff
Martha Cullimore Public SchoolNiagara Falls11Open01 student
Nelles Public SchoolGrimsby11Open01 student
Park Public SchoolGrimsby10Open1Unknown
Port Colborne High SchoolPort Colborne20Open22 staff
Port Weller Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1Unknown
Prince Philip French Immersion Public SchoolNiagara Falls20Open21 student, 1 unknown
Quaker Road Public SchoolWelland22Open0Unknown
Richmond Street Public School Thorold14Open01 staff
Sir Winston Churchill Secondary SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1Unknown
Stevensville Public SchoolStevensville
(Fort Erie)
10Open1Unknown
Valley Way Public SchoolNiagara Falls10Open1Unknown
Welland Eastdale Secondary SchoolWelland30Open3Unknown
Westdale Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1Unknown
William Hamilton Merritt Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1Unknown
Source: District School Board of Niagara

Niagara Catholic School Board

SchoolLocationActive CasesResolved CasesClosure StatusWho was infected?
Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary SchoolGrimsby02Open1 student, 1 unknown
Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary SchoolSt. Catharines02OpenUnknown
Father Hennepin Catholic Elementary SchoolNiagara Falls10Open
Holy Cross Catholic Secondary SchoolSt. Catharines02OpenUnknown
Lakeshore Catholic High SchoolPort Colborne01OpenUnknown
Mary Ward Catholic Elementary SchoolNiagara Falls01OpenUnknown
Notre Dame College SchoolWelland01OpenUnknown
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary SchoolGrimsby11OpenUnknown
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary SchoolNiagara Falls03OpenUnknown
St. Alfred Catholic Elementary SchoolSt. Catharines02OpenUnknown
St. Andrew Catholic Elementary SchoolWelland01OpenUnknown
St. Charles Catholic Elementary SchoolThorold03Open1 staff member, 2 unknown
St. Elizabeth Catholic ElementaryWainfleet1?Open1 staff member (Ontario govt reporting)
St. James Catholic Elementary SchoolSt. Catharines02Open2 students
St. John Continuing Education CentreSt. Catharines01Open1 student, 1 staff
St. Martin Catholic Elementary SchoolSmithville010Open4 students, 4 staff, 2 unidentified
St. Mary Catholic Elementary SchoolNiagara Falls02OpenUnknown
St. Michael Catholic High SchoolNiagara Falls010Open3 student, 1 staff, 6 unknown
St. Paul Catholic High SchoolNiagara Falls01OpenUnknown
St. Theresa Catholic Elementary SchoolSt. Catharines01Open1 staff members
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Elementary SchoolNiagara Falls03OpenUnknown
Source: Niagara Catholic District School Board

School Board COVID-19 Online Trackers

Both Niagara school boards have online COVID-19 trackers that set out school data that parents can access online.

The District School Board of Niagara launched its tracker page at: https://www.dsbn.org/covid-19-information/covid-19-public-advisory.

It publishes a table of its schools listed alphabetically and tracks the “date of confirmed positive test” along with confirmed cases in each school, closed classrooms, and school closure status.

For example, the first DSBN school to register a COVID-19 case was Eastdale Secondary School in Welland. It shows the latest test date of Sept 18, 2020. It shows three cases and five closed classrooms.

The boards do not report who was infected, or whether the case relates to a student or staff member.

Niagara Catholic District School Board also launched its COVID-19 school tracker page at: https://niagaracatholic.ca/covid-19-advisories/

It specifies in a table the schools, active cases, resolved cases, Closure Status, (open or closed).