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COVID-19 case associated with St. Patrick’s High School

The cohort has been sent home and individuals considered ‘close contacts’ will be contacted by a public health nurse.
St. Patrick High School
St. Patrick High School on South Selkirk Street. (Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com)

THUNDER BAY - The Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board is reporting a positive case of COVID-19 associated with St. Patrick’s High School.

The case was identified by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit late Wednesday night.

“We are actively working with the school and the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board to investigate and manage any potential exposures in the school,” said Dr. Janet DeMille, medical officer of health with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit in a letter to the school community.

“Through this work, public health is identifying all those who would be considered ‘close contacts’ of the individual with COVID-19. Individuals in the same classroom or cohort, and some or all individuals with the same bus transportation, are considered ‘close contacts.’”

The affected cohort will remain home and parents or caregivers of students in the impacted cohort and staff will be contacted by a public health nurse and given instructions about what they need to do.

“These individuals and anyone else identified by public health as a close contact will be required to stay home and not return to the school setting until cleared by public health,” DeMille said.

“Everyone else in the school setting who is not deemed a close contact and therefore not specifically contacted by public health, would not be considered at elevated risk and does not require testing because of this situation at this time.”