News Release: UPDATE to Outbreak Declared at W J Langlois
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, November 20, 2020 | 3:45 p.m. | Windsor-Essex County
On November 19, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) declared an outbreak of COVID-19 in at W J Langlois Catholic Elementary School in Windsor in a single classroom. 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. At the time, there were at least two (2) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a single classroom and as a precaution, the entire class was dismissed and asked to isolate for a period of 14-days or at the direction of the health unit.
Upon further investigation, there are now four (4) confirmed COVID-19 cases from the school. As a precaution, the entire school community is now being dismissed and asked to isolate for a period of 14-days or at the direction of the health unit.
The entire school 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 will be sending all parents and guardians a notice about the outbreak, which includes additional public health guidance.
“It is essential for students and staff of W J Langlois 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.
“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 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 will address the media about the outbreak during Monday’s YouTube Live broadcast at 9:30 a.m.