Seven classrooms close as COVID-19 case detected at Welland public school

Diamond Trail Public School Diamond Trail Public School in Welland: Photo: DSBN

An individual at Diamond Trail Public School in Welland has tested positive for COVID-19 resulting in the closure of seven classrooms in the school.

Niagara Region Public Health has advised the District School Board of Niagara Monday that a person at Diamond Trail Public School at 315 Southworth St. South in Welland 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. Approximately seven days after each infection is reported the status of the individual – whether student or staff – is reported by the province. See this page.

It is not clear why seven classrooms were closed as a result of one infection. It is possible the infected person spent time in multiple classrooms or had contact with teachers and students in the classrooms.

Students and staff who had close contact with the individual are being contacted and told by NRPH to stay home and self-isolate.

The DSBN said custodians will complete a thorough cleaning of the school as required and it advised that a public health inspector and a public health nurse will visit Diamond Trail to complete a comprehensive assessment.

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 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 CasesWho was infected?
Dalewood French Immersion Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1To be updated
Diamond Trail Public SchoolWelland17Open0To be updated
Eden High SchoolSt. Catharines22Open11 student, 1 unidentified
E.I. McCulley Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1To be updated
Ferndale Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1To be updated
Glynn A Green Public SchoolPelham01Open1Child at YMCA daycare
Governor SimcoeSt. Catharines10Open1To be updated
Grimsby Secondary SchoolGrimsby10Open1To be updated
Lincoln Centennial Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1To be updated
Martha Cullimore Public SchoolNiagara Falls11Open0To be updated
Park Public SchoolGrimsby10Open1To be updated
Port Colborne High SchoolPort Colborne12Open0To be updated
Port Weller Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1To be updated
Prince Philip French Immersion Public SchoolNiagara Falls21Open01 student 2 unknown
Sir Winston Churchill Secondary SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1To be updated
Smith Public SchoolGrimsby10Open01 student case
Stevensville Public SchoolStevensville
(Fort Erie)
10Open1To be updated
Valley Way Public SchoolNiagara Falls10Open1To be updated
Welland Eastdale Secondary SchoolWelland30Open3To be updated
Westdale Public SchoolSt. Catharines11Open1To be updated
William Hamilton Merritt Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1To be updated
Source: District School Board of Niagara

Niagara Catholic School Board

SchoolLocationActive CasesResolved CasesClosure StatusWho was infected?
Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary SchoolGrimsby01OpenProvince not listing yet
Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary SchoolSt. Catharines02OpenProvince not listing yet
Holy Cross Catholic Secondary SchoolSt. Catharines02OpenProvince not listing yet
Lakeshore Catholic High SchoolPort Colborne01OpenProvince not listing yet
Mary Ward Catholic Elementary SchoolNiagara Falls01OpenProvince not listing yet
Notre Dame College SchoolWelland01OpenTo be updated
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary SchoolNiagara Falls03OpenTo be updated
St. Alfred Catholic Elementary SchoolSt. Catharines02OpenTo be updated
St. Andrew Catholic Elementary SchoolWelland01OpenTo be updated
St. Charles Catholic Elementary SchoolThorold01Open1 staff member
St. Elizabeth Catholic ElementaryWainfleet??Open1 staff member (Ontario govt reporting)
St. James Catholic Elementary SchoolSt. Catharines02Open2 students
St. Martin Catholic Elementary SchoolSmithville101Open4 students, 4 staff, 2 unidentified
St. Mary Catholic Elementary SchoolNiagara Falls02OpenTo be updated
St. Michael Catholic High SchoolNiagara Falls03OpenTo be updated
St. Paul Catholic High SchoolNiagara Falls01Open
St. Theresa Catholic Elementary SchoolSt. Catharines01Open1 staff members
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Elementary SchoolNiagara Falls01OpenTo be updated
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).