New COVID-19 case detected at a Port Colborne high school

Port Colborne High School An individual at Port Colborne High School has tested positive for COVID-19. (Photo credit: Port Colborne High School Facebook page).

An individual at Port Colborne High School has tested positive for COVID-19.

The person has not been identified publically by name. Even though the infection poses a high risk to the public and school communities, as a policy the Niagara Regional Public Health refuses to identify the individual. They also do not identify whether they are student or staff member citing privacy reasons. The District School Board of Niagara chooses to follow the NRPH privacy policy.

A case was also confirmed at Martha Cullimore Public School, in Niagara Falls on Friday. As per NRPH policy, the identity of the individual has not been identified either.

Two classrooms have been closed at Port Colborne High School and one classroom has been closed at Martha Cullimore Public School.

Students and staff who had close contact with the individuals are being contacted and told by Niagara Regional Public Health to stay home and self-isolate, the school board reported.

DSBN said custodians will complete a thorough cleaning of both schools. A public health inspector and a NRPH public health nurse are expected to visit the schools to complete a comprehensive assessment.

COVID-19 in Niagara schools

The DSBN is currently reporting 22 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 19 of its schools, with seven closed classrooms and 18 resolved cases. All DSBN schools are open.

Niagara Catholic is reporting 34 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 8 active and 26 resolved, in 17 of its schools. All Niagara Catholic schools are open.

COVID-19 in West Niagara schools

Detailed data as follows for each school board :

District School Board of Niagara

SchoolLocationCasesClosed ClassroomsSchool StatusResolved Cases
Dalewood French Immersion Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1
Eden High SchoolSt. Catharines22Open1
E.I. McCulley Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1
Ferndale Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1
Glynn A Green Public SchoolPelham01Open1
Governor SimcoeSt. Catharines10Open1
Grimsby Secondary SchoolGrimsby10Open1
Lincoln Centennial Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1
Martha Cullimore Public SchoolNiagara Falls11Open0
Park Public SchoolGrimsby10Open1
Port Colborne High SchoolPort Colborne12Open0
Port Weller Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1
Prince Philip French Immersion Public SchoolNiagara Falls21Open0
Sir Winston Churchill Secondary SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1
Stevensville Public SchoolStevensville
(Fort Erie)
10Open1
Valley Way Public SchoolNiagara Falls10Open1
Welland Eastdale Secondary SchoolWelland30Open3
Westdale Public SchoolSt. Catharines11Open1
William Hamilton Merritt Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1
Source: District School Board of Niagara

Niagara Catholic School Board

SchoolLocationActive CasesResolved CasesClosure Status
Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary SchoolGrimsby01Open
Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary SchoolSt. Catharines02Open
Holy Cross Catholic Secondary SchoolSt. Catharines02Open
Lakeshore Catholic High SchoolPort Colborne01Open
Mary Ward Catholic Elementary SchoolNiagara Falls01Open
Notre Dame College SchoolWelland01Open
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary SchoolNiagara Falls03Open
St. Alfred Catholic Elementary SchoolSt. Catharines02Open
St. Andrew Catholic Elementary SchoolWelland01Open
St. Charlies Catholic Elementary SchoolThorold01Open
St. James Catholic Elementary SchoolSt. Catharines02Open
St. Martin Catholic Elementary SchoolSmithville81Open
St. Mary Catholic Elementary SchoolNiagara Falls02Open
St. Michael Catholic High SchoolNiagara Falls03Open
St. Paul Catholic High SchoolNiagara Falls01Open
St. Theresa Catholic Elementary SchoolSt. Catharines01Open
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Elementary SchoolNiagara Falls01Open
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).