Outbreak declared at Smithville elementary school

Niagara Region Public Health has declared an outbreak at St. Martin Catholic Elementary School in Smithville, following a second confirmed case of COVID-19 at the school.

The first case was identified last week on Nov.13. The West Lincoln school was notified of the second case Thursday. A school outbreak is defined as two or more lab-confirmed cases that in a school with an epidemiological link within a 14-day period.

With this second case, the outbreak threshold has been met, said a Niagara Catholic alert. The person involved is currently self-isolating as part of the previous exposure. Niagara Region Public Health is contacting anyone connected to this individual’s case to advise that they are required to remain in self-isolation and follow the guidance provided.

Niagara Catholic said it advises all contacts to follow the recommendations of Niagara Region Public Health.

COVID-19 in Niagara schools

The DSBN is currently reporting 18 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 16 of its schools, with three closed classrooms. All DSBN schools are open.

Niagara Catholic is reporting 26 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with nine active and 17 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. Catharines10Open1
E.I. McCulley Public SchoolSt. Catharines11Open1
Ferndale Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1
Governor SimcoeSt. Catharines10Open1
Grimsby Secondary SchoolGrimsby10Open1
Lincoln Centennial Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1
Park Public SchoolGrimsby10Open1
Port Weller Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1
Prince Philip French Immersion Public SchoolNiagara Falls11Open0
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. Catharines11Open
Holy Cross Catholic Secondary SchoolSt. Catharines02Open
Lakeshore Catholic High SchoolPort Colborne10Open
Mary Ward Catholic Elementary SchoolNiagara Falls01Open
Notre Dame College SchoolWelland10Open
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary SchoolNiagara Falls03Open
St. Alfred Catholic Elementary SchoolSt. Catharines11Open
St. Andrew Catholic Elementary SchoolWelland01Open
St. Charlies Catholic Elementary SchoolThorold10
St. James Catholic Elementary SchoolSt. Catharines20Open
St. Martin Catholic Elementary SchoolSmithville20Open
St. Mary Catholic Elementary SchoolNiagara Falls20Open
St. Michael Catholic High SchoolNiagara Falls03Open
St. Paul Catholic High SchoolNiagara Falls01Open
St. Theresa Catholic Elementary SchoolSt. Catharines10
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).