Second case of COVID-19 detected at Welland high school

Welland Eastdale Secondary School Two people have tested positive for COVID-19 at Welland Eastdale Secondary School. Photo credit: Google Maps/ Marc Kirouac

A second person at Eastdale Secondary School in Welland has tested positive for COVID-19, reports the District School Board of Niagara.

Niagara Region Public Health alerted the school board to the first case at the high school Friday. The DSBN send a news release Sunday evening reporting it had been advised of a second case at the school, which is located at 170 Wellington Street in Welland.

It’s unknown if both cases are students, teachers, or school staff members. “For privacy reasons, the identity of the individual is not being shared,” said the DSBN alert.

Students and staff who were in close proximity to the person who has tested positive have been contacted and told by Niagara Health to stay home and self-isolate for 14 days.

DSBN said school custodians completed a deep cleaning of the school this weekend. “Members of the Eastdale school community will continue preventative COVID-19 practices such as physical distancing,
handwashing, and daily health screening,” the school board news release said.

On Monday, a Public Health Inspector and a Public Health Nurse from Niagara Health will visit the school to do a thorough assessment.

The board said anyone with questions about COVID-19 is encouraged to contact Niagara Region Public Health for assistance from a public health nurse on the COVID-19 information line. It is staffed Monday to Friday, 9:15 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Call 905-688-8248 or toll-free at 1-888-505-6074.

Niagara Catholic’s first school case was detected earlier this week at Mary Ward Catholic Elementary School in Niagara Falls. A Brock University student also tested positive for COVID-19 last week, however, it was reported that they have not been on campus in St. Catharines.

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