1st COVID-19 case confirmed at Catholic elementary school in Windsor-Essex

Stella Maris Catholic Elementary School in Amherstburg has reported one confirmed case in a student, prompting the closure of a classroom.

About 20 of the student's classmates have been instructed to self-isolate

A positive case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed in a student who goes to Stella Maris Catholic School in Amherstburg, according to school board officials. (Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board/Facebook)

The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board has confirmed its first student case of COVID-19 at one of its schools. It is also the first case reported in a school in the Windsor-Essex region. 

The positive case at Stella Maris Catholic Elementary School in Amherstburg has prompted the closure of the child's classroom.

The school was first notified of the diagnosis Tuesday morning, board officials said, adding classmates of the COVID-positive student were dismissed through the day and asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

"As soon as we were made aware of the positive case we contacted the health unit, where they worked with the school principal in who would be close contacts," said Melissa Farrand, the school board's COVID-19 lead.

The positive case has resulted in about 20 classmates being sent into self-isolation, she said, adding that the student who tested positive for COVID-19 only attended school one day last week.

No details were provided on the grade level of the affected class, with school board officials citing confidentiality.

Melissa Farrand, superintendent of education and COVID lead for the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, says officials were made aware of the positive case Tuesday morning. Classmates of the COVID-positive student were dismissed throughout the day and asked not to return for 14 days. (Dale Molnar/CBC)

The self-isolating classmates will be able to continue their curriculum through the digital Google Classroom platform, said Farrand.

All other students at the school, however, will attend class as usual, unless asked not to by the health unit as its contact tracing investigation continues.

The news comes on the same day that the University of Windsor reported its first case of COVID-19 in a student.


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