News Release: Outbreak Declared at W J Langlois Elementary School
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. | Windsor-Essex County
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) is declaring an outbreak of COVID-19 in at W J Langlois Catholic Elementary School in Windsor. As per provincial direction, a school outbreak is declared if there are two or more cases in a school and if there is evidence that at least one case could have been infected in the school.
There are currently at least two (2) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a single classroom. As a precaution, the entire class has been dismissed and asked to isolate for a period of 14-days or at the direction of the health unit, however at this time, it has been determined there in no need to close the entire school because the outbreak has been limited to a single cohort that was already dismissed last week.
The entire class cohort is considered high-risk for exposure to COVID-19 and the WECHU is working closely with the school and the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board (WECDSB) administrators to manage the outbreak, further limit the spread of infection, and ensure ongoing measures are maintained to protect students and employees. The school has already sent parents and guardians a notice about the outbreak, which includes additional public health guidance.
At this time all other students and staff are deemed low-risk and can continue to attend school. All individuals are advised to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and contact their health care provider and/or assessment centre if they develop symptoms.
“It is essential for the students to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms every day. If you have any symptoms, go get tested,” says Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health with WECHU.
“The health and safety of students and staff at W J Langlois elementary school community remains our top priority. We will continue to work with public health to keep the school community informed about the outbreak and implement all necessary additional health and safety measures to clean and disinfect of the school,” says Terry Lyons, Director of Education with WECDSB.
The WECHU recommends all residents of Windsor and Essex County to do their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following these public health measures:
- Stay home if you are sick
- Maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from others
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Use a non-medical face mask when physical distancing is not possible
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow when you cough
Due to privacy considerations, the WECHU will not be disclosing publicly any further details about the cases or the number of close contacts at the school. Parents/Guardians or staff with questions should contact the WECHU healthy schools department at 519-258-2146 ext. 1555. Dr. Wajid Ahmed and CEO Theresa Marentette addressed the media about the outbreak during today’s YouTube Live broadcast at 9:30 a.m.