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COVID-19 outbreak declared at St. Martin Elementary School

The school is not closing, but some staff and students are excluded from attendance.
St. Martin School Winter

THUNDER BAY — The Thunder Bay District Health Unit and the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board have confirmed a COVID-19 outbreak at St. Martin Elementary School on Mary Street.

Provincial guidelines require that an outbreak be declared when there are two or more COVID-19 cases in students or staff that can be linked within a school setting.

In a statement Monday afternoon, the TBDHU said that at this time one additional individual associated with the school has tested positive for the virus, and "this person is deemed to have acquired the infection in the school setting."

According to the school board, this individual is associated with the dismissed cohort, but all others within that cohort have tested negative.

The announcement of an outbreak does not mean the school is closing.

Only those staff and students in classrooms identified as having had close contact with the case are excluded from attending.

The school board said everyone associated with the impacted classes/cohorts has already been at home isolating.

The TBDHU said that, in collaboration with the school, it will continue to monitor and assess the situation until the full risk period has passed.