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COVID-19 outbreak at St. Martin school declared over

·1 min read

The COVID-19 outbreak at St. Martin Catholic Elementary School, located in Smithville, has ended.

Niagara Region Public Health notified the Catholic Board on Friday.

The first confirmed COVID-19 case was identified at St. Martin on Nov. 14.

Less than a week later, on Nov. 19, a second case was confirmed, which resulted in public health declaring an outbreak.

Provincial guidelines indicate “an outbreak in a school is defined as two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in school with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection.”

Since public health declared the outbreak, eight additional cases were confirmed, bringing St. Martin’s total case-count to 10.

The Catholic Board did confirm that nine of the 10 COVID-19 cases were associated with the outbreak.

The provincial database that reports on school-related COVID-19 cases in Ontario lists seven active cases; however, the provincial database lags behind school boards in its reporting.

As of Friday, Niagara Catholic’s website site is not reporting any new cases. All cases are listed as resolved. All classes affected by the outbreak are now open at St. Martin.

Sean Vanderklis is a Niagara-based reporter for the Niagara Falls Review. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him via email: svanderklis@metroland.com

Sean Vanderklis, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Niagara Falls Review