NEWS RELEASE – November 19, 2021

November 19, 2021

News Release – COVID-19 Outbreak Declared at St. Theresa Catholic Elementary School

NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: Nov. 19, 2021
COVID-19 Outbreak Declared at St. Theresa Catholic Elementary School
NORTH BAY, ON – The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit (Health Unit) has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at St. Theresa Catholic Elementary School (St. Theresa) in Callander. A COVID 19 outbreak is declared in a school setting when two or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 have an epidemiological link. The Health Unit was made aware of the first individual who tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 16, 2021. At that time, all parents and guardians were made aware, and the class was dismissed. Yesterday, Nov. 18, 2021, the Health Unit was made aware of a second individual who tested positive for COVID-19 from the same classroom. In an effort to prevent further spread of the virus, on Nov. 16, 2021, the Health Unit supported contacting all parents/guardians of individuals who rode on East Ferris Bus Lines 203 to advise of next steps. As a result of the second individual testing positive for COVID-19, on Nov. 18, 2021, the Health Unit supported contact to all
parents/guardians of individuals who rode on East Ferris Bus Lines 245 to advise of next steps.
Parents/guardians of individuals who attend the childcare program at YMCA St. Theresa site have also been contacted and been dismissed. “The outbreak is at a location where many of the individuals are not yet eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19,” explains Dr. Jim Chirico, Medical Officer of Health. “We continue to work with St. Theresa Elementary School and the Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board and thank them both for their quick response.”
For more information on the outbreak and local COVID-19 cases, visit the COVID-19 Status Report dashboard at myhealthunit.ca/COVID-19.

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