15 new school-related COVID-19 cases reported in Hamilton Monday

COVID-19 continues to infect students and staff in Hamilton schools, with 15 new positive tests and one school-associated outbreak as of Monday.

1 case was detected during targeted COVID-19 outbreak testing among isolating people from St. Teresa of Avila

Of the 15 new COVID-19 cases, eight had school-related contacts. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

COVID-19 continues to infect students and staff in Hamilton schools, with 15 new positive tests and another school-associated outbreak as of Monday.

But of those 15 new cases, seven had not exposed others in school.

The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) reported four new COVID-19 cases with school-related contacts, including:

  • A Cathy Wever Elementary School student.
  • Two Dundas Valley Secondary School students.
  • A Sherwood Secondary School student.
  • A South Meadow Elementary School student.

An outbreak was declared at the Umbrella Family Child Care Centre at Cathy Wever Elementary School after two students tested positive.

"This outbreak does not affect or impact the operation of our preschool and toddler programs," the program said in a letter to families.

"HPHS [Hamilton Public Health Services] has advised that there is not a strong suspicion that these positive cases are the new variant of concern."

The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board has three COVID-19 cases that exposed students and staff, including:

  • An Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Elementary School staff member last in school on Feb. 17.
  • A St. Jean de Brébeuf Catholic Secondary School student last in school on Feb. 12.
  • A St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Elementary School student last in school on Feb. 12.

The new St. Teresa of Avila case is part of the outbreak that closed the school.

A letter to families indicates the positive test result was detected due to targeted testing.

"The case is from one of the isolating cohorts and is connected to the school outbreak declared on February 17th," read the letter from principal Devia Catania to families.

"There are no additional school-related close contacts associated with this individual."

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