New COVID-19 infection at Port Colborne catholic school

Lakeshore Catholic High School Lakeshore Catholic High School is the most recent school in the Niagara Region to report a COVID-19 infection.

A Port Colborne Catholic school is the latest school to report a COVID-19 infection.

A case was confirmed at Lakeshore Catholic High School, reported Niagara Catholic Wednesday evening.

“As a result, students and staff at Lakeshore Catholic High School were exposed to COVID-19 while this
individual was infectious,” said a bulletin issued by Niagara Catholic.

The individual is currently in self-isolation and students and staff have been notified in a letter from principal Denice Robertson.

For privacy reasons, the identities of the infected individuals are not shared by Niagara Region Public Health or the school boards.

NRPH will contact students at the affected school if they need to self isolate.

Anyone with questions about COVID-19 are encouraged to call Niagara Region Public Health for assistance from a Public Health Nurse on the COVID-19 Info-Line. It 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 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 11 of its schools, with 13 closed classrooms. All DSBN schools are open.

Niagara Catholic is reporting 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with two active and 11 resolved, in 10 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. Catharines11Open
Eden High SchoolSt. Catharines11Open
Ferndale Public SchoolSt. Catharines13Open
Grimsby Secondary SchoolGrimsby11Open
Park Public SchoolGrimsby11Open
Port Weller Public SchoolSt. Catharines12Open
Sir Winston Churchill Secondary SchoolSt. Catharines11Open
Stevensville Public SchoolStevensville
(Fort Erie)
11Open
Valley Way Public SchoolNiagara Falls11Open
Welland Eastdale Secondary SchoolWelland35Open3
William Hamilton Merritt Public SchoolSt. Catharines11Open
Source: District School Board of Niagara

Niagara Catholic School Board

SchoolLocationActive CasesResolved CasesClosure Status
Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary SchoolGrimsby01Open
Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary SchoolSt. Catharines01Open
Holy Cross Catholic Secondary SchoolSt. Catharines02Open
Lakeshore Catholic High SchoolPort Colborne10Open
Mary Ward Catholic Elementary SchoolNiagara Falls01Open
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary SchoolNiagara Falls03Open
St. Michael Catholic High SchoolNiagara Falls01Open
St. Paul Catholic High SchoolNiagara Falls10Open
St. Alfred 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).