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New COVID-19 case reported at St. Martin School

School was closed in November but reopened amid ongoing outbreak.
St. Martin School
The Thunder Bay District Health Unit reported a COVID-19 case at St. Martin School on Monday night. (File photo)

THUNDER BAY – Hours after declaring COVID-19 outbreaks at two local schools, a new case of COVID-19 was reported at St. Martin School Monday night.

The Westfort elementary school had only recently reopened to in-person learning, on Nov. 27, following a COVID-19 outbreak that involved at least 27 cases.

There were no active cases and no closed classrooms at the school on Monday before the declaration of the newest case, according to the Thunder Bay  Catholic District School Board's website.

Parents and guardians of students in cohorts impacted by Monday's case had been notified, the board said, will be contacted by a public health nurse, the board said in a release Monday night.
That includes a school bus cohort affecting Pope John Paul II and St. Patrick High School, the board said. Those students are "considered low risk" and have been notified, it said.

The news came amid some discouraging pandemic developments in the city. The health unit had reported COVID-19 outbreaks at Hammarkskjold High School and St. Margaret School earlier Monday evening.

The health unit also reported 54 new cases Monday, its highest single-day case count since March.

Peter Juni, the scientific director of the province's COVID-19 science advisory table, told TBNewswatch Monday the local health unit should consider implementing region-specific public health restrictions, in view of those trends.




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