Second COVID-19 infection at St. Catharines high school

COVID-19 cases in schools Eden High School in St. Catharines has second case of COVID-19

A second person at Eden High School in St. Catharines has tested positive for COVID-19.

A case was confirmed by Niagara Public Health at the school located at 535 Lake St in St. Catharines, reported the District School Board of Niagara Monday morning.

Previous to today’s case, the first COVID-19 case at the high school was announced by the DSBN on Oct. 4. The case was marked as resolved by the DSBN on Oct. 14.

The individual is currently in self-isolation and students and teachers who have had direct contact with the individual have been contacted by Niagara Public Health. Those contacted will be advised to stay home and self-isolate.

For privacy reasons, DSBN does not share the identities of the infected people in its district.

As per protocol, DSBN said custodians will complete a thorough cleaning of the school. A public health inspector and a public health nurse from the Niagara Region will visit the school to complete a comprehensive assessment. Eden High School has preventative protocols in place include the use of PPE, washing hands and social distancing.

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 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 15 of its schools, with two closed classrooms. There are 17 resolved cases. All DSBN schools are open.

Niagara Catholic is reporting 12 active cases of COVID-19, with 17 resolved, in 16 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
Governor SimcoeSt. Catharines11Open1
Grimsby Secondary SchoolGrimsby10Open1
Lincoln Centennial Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1
Park Public SchoolGrimsby10Open1
Port Weller Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1
Prince Philip Niagara Falls11Open0
Sir Winston Churchill Secondary SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1
Stevensville Public SchoolStevensville
(Fort Erie)
10Open1
Valley Way Public SchoolNiagara Falls10Open1
Welland Eastdale Secondary SchoolWelland30Open3
WestdaleSt. Catharines10Open1
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. Andrew Catholic Elementary SchoolWelland10Open
St. Martin Catholic Elementary SchoolSmithville4
St. Mary Catholic Elementary SchoolNiagara Falls20
St. Michael Catholic High SchoolNiagara Falls03Open
St. Paul Catholic High SchoolNiagara Falls01Open
St. Alfred Catholic Elementary SchoolSt. Catharines11Open
St. Charles Catholic Elementary SchoolThorold10Open
St. James Catholic Elementary SchoolSt. Catharines20Open
St. Theresa Catholic Elementary School (St. Catharines)St. Catharines10Open
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).