5th COVID-19 case at Lincoln Centennial Public School

More cases of COVID-19 confirmed at Lincoln Centennial Public School. Photo: Lincoln Centennial Twitter page.

A fourth COVID-19 case this week, and the fifth overall, has been confirmed at Lincoln Centennial Public School.

Yet another person at the school, located at 348 Scott St in St. Catharines, has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases at the school this week to four. It is the school’s fifth case overall this year, the first case was resolved in November.

The first case this week was reported on Monday and two cases were reported on Tuesday. It has not been disclosed if today’s case is related to a previous case.

As a result of the cases, four classrooms have been closed in the school, but the school remains open.

Students and staff at the schools were exposed to COVID-19 while each person was infectious, the District School Board of Niagara reported Thursday.

The infected people are currently in self-isolation. NRPH is in the process of contacting all students and staff who had direct contact with them. Those contacted will be advised to stay home and self-isolate.

DSBN said custodians will complete a thorough cleaning of the public schools. A public health inspector and a public health nurse from the Niagara Region will visit the school to complete a comprehensive assessment.

The school board said staff from Lincoln Centennial are working with Niagara Region Public Health and will comply with all requirements.

DSBN do not share the identities of COVID-19 cases or identify if they are teachers, staff or students. That information is sometimes published at a later date by the Ontario Ministry of Health, but its disclosure is not timely or consistent.

Community members with questions about COVID-19 can call Niagara Region Public Health’s
COVID-19 Info-Line for assistance from a Public Health Nurse, which is staffed Monday to Friday, 9:15 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. at 905-688-8248 or toll-free at 1-888-505-6074.

COVID-19 in Niagara schools

The DSBN is currently reporting 38 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 26 of its schools, with 23 closed classrooms and 23 resolved cases. All DSBN schools are open.

Niagara Catholic is reporting 39 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 3 active and 36 resolved, in 19 of its schools. All Niagara Catholic schools are open.

COVID-19 in West Niagara schools

Detailed data as follows for each school board :

District School Board of Niagara

SchoolLocationCasesClosed ClassroomsSchool StatusResolved CasesWho was infected?
A.N Myer Secondary School Niagara, Falls11Open0Student
Dalewood French Immersion Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1Unknown
Diamond Trail Public SchoolWelland17Open0Unknown
Eden High SchoolSt. Catharines20Open21 student, 1 unidentified
E.I. McCulley Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1Unknown
Ferndale Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1Unknown
Forestview Public SchoolNiagara Falls32Open03 students
Glynn A Green Public SchoolPelham10Open1Child at YMCA daycare
Governor SimcoeSt. Catharines10Open1Unknown
Grimsby Secondary SchoolGrimsby10Open1Unknown
Lincoln Centennial Public SchoolSt. Catharines50Open11 student, 1 staff, 2 unknown
Lockview Public SchoolSt. Catharines11Open01 staff
Martha Cullimore Public SchoolNiagara Falls11Open01 student
Nelles Public SchoolGrimsby11Open01 student
Park Public SchoolGrimsby10Open1Unknown
Port Colborne High SchoolPort Colborne20Open22 staff
Port Weller Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1Unknown
Prince Philip French Immersion Public SchoolNiagara Falls20Open21 student, 1 unknown
Quaker Road Public SchoolWelland22Open0Unknown
Richmond Street Public School Thorold14Open01 staff
Sir Winston Churchill Secondary SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1Unknown
Stevensville Public SchoolStevensville
(Fort Erie)
Valley Way Public SchoolNiagara Falls10Open1Unknown
Welland Eastdale Secondary SchoolWelland30Open3Unknown
Westdale Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1Unknown
William Hamilton Merritt Public SchoolSt. Catharines10Open1Unknown
Source: District School Board of Niagara

Niagara Catholic School Board

SchoolLocationActive CasesResolved CasesClosure StatusWho was infected?
Blessed Trinity Catholic Secondary SchoolGrimsby02Open1 student
Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary SchoolSt. Catharines0 2OpenUnknown
Holy Cross Catholic Secondary SchoolSt. Catharines0 2OpenUnknown
Lakeshore Catholic High SchoolPort Colborne01OpenUnknown
Mary Ward Catholic Elementary SchoolNiagara Falls0 1OpenUnknown
Notre Dame College SchoolWelland01OpenUnknown
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary SchoolNiagara Falls03OpenUnknown
St. Alfred Catholic Elementary SchoolSt. Catharines02OpenUnknown
St. Andrew Catholic Elementary SchoolWelland01OpenUnknown
St. Charles Catholic Elementary SchoolThorold01Open1 staff member
St. Elizabeth Catholic ElementaryWainfleet1?Open1 staff member (Ontario govt reporting)
St. James Catholic Elementary SchoolSt. Catharines02Open2 students
St. John Continuing Education CentreSt. Catharines10OpenUnknown
St. Martin Catholic Elementary SchoolSmithville010Open4 students, 4 staff, 2 unidentified
St. Mary Catholic Elementary SchoolNiagara Falls02OpenUnknown
St. Michael Catholic High SchoolNiagara Falls23Open2 student, 1 staff
St. Paul Catholic High SchoolNiagara Falls01OpenUnknown
St. Theresa Catholic Elementary SchoolSt. Catharines01Open1 staff members
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Elementary SchoolNiagara Falls01OpenUnknown
Source: Niagara Catholic District School Board

School Board COVID-19 Online Trackers

Both Niagara school boards have online COVID-19 trackers that set out school data that parents can access online.

The District School Board of Niagara launched its tracker page at: https://www.dsbn.org/covid-19-information/covid-19-public-advisory.

It publishes a table of its schools listed alphabetically and tracks the “date of confirmed positive test” along with confirmed cases in each school, closed classrooms, and school closure status.

For example, the first DSBN school to register a COVID-19 case was Eastdale Secondary School in Welland. It shows the latest test date of Sept 18, 2020. It shows three cases and five closed classrooms.

The boards do not report who was infected, or whether the case relates to a student or staff member.

Niagara Catholic District School Board also launched its COVID-19 school tracker page at: https://niagaracatholic.ca/covid-19-advisories/

It specifies in a table the schools, active cases, resolved cases, Closure Status, (open or closed).