COVID-19 in schools and daycare centres: the latest count

GUELPH – As of Oct. 22, COVID-19 cases have been reported at 18 schools and four child care facilities in the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) region.

Almost all the cases are school-related, meaning at least one classroom had to be closed because students/staff may have been exposed.

Confirmed cases have been reported at the following regional schools:

  • Kortright Hills Public School in Guelph, one case reported on Oct. 16, all classrooms open;
  • John F. Ross Collegiate Vocational Institute in Guelph, one case, Oct. 16, one classroom closed;
  • Holy Trinity Catholic Elementary School in Guelph, five cases, reported between Oct. 16 and 22, five classrooms closed;
  • Norwell District Secondary School in Palmerston, one case, Oct. 15, one classroom closed;
  • Montgomery Village Public School in Orangeville, two cases, Oct. 14, all classrooms open;
  • RESOLVED: Tytler Public School in Guelph (Adult Continuing Education), one case, Oct. 14, one classroom closed;
  • St. Peter Catholic School in Orangeville, one case, Oct. 13, one classroom closed;
  • Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute, two cases, Oct. 13, two classrooms closed;
  • Victory Public School in Guelph, one case, Oct. 9, all classrooms open;
  • RESOLVED: Waverley Drive Public School in Guelph, three cases, the first reported Oct. 5, two classrooms closed;
  • RESOLVED: Ecole Arbour Vista Public School in Guelph, one case, Oct. 2, one classroom closed;
  • RESOLVED: St. Peter Catholic School in Guelph, one case, Oct. 1, one classroom closed;
  • RESOLVED: June Avenue Public School in Guelph, one case, Oct. 1, one classroom closed;
  • RESOLVED: Princess Elizabeth Public School in Orangeville, two cases (updated from one by WDGPH), Sept. 29, three classrooms closed;
  • RESOLVED: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Secondary School in Guelph, one case, Sept. 29, one classroom closed;
  • RESOLVED: St. Joseph Catholic School in Guelph, one case, Sept. 29, one classroom closed;
  • RESOLVED: Glenbrook Elementary School in Shelburne, one case, Sept. 26, one classroom closed; and
  • RESOLVED: St. Benedict Catholic School in Orangeville, one case, Sept. 21, all classrooms open.

Confirmed cases reported at child care facilities include:

  • RESOLVED: Willowdale Child Care and Learning Centre in Guelph, zero cases, added to list on Oct. 9 due to “presence of high-risk contact with symptoms,” officials stated;
  • RESOLVED: YMCA before/after school program at Princess Elizabeth Public School, one case, reported on Sept. 30;
  • RESOLVED: Sunflower School before/after school program at the Lord Dufferin Centre in Orangeville, one case, Sept. 30;
  • RESOLVED: Kids Come First daycare program on Gordon Street in Guelph, one case, Sept. 30;
  • RESOLVED: YMCA daycare program on Woodland Glen in Guelph, one case, Sept. 30.

As of Oct. 22, there have been 1,641 cases reported in Ontario schools, at least 920 of them affecting students (some individuals are not identified).

Overall, 10.4% of school across the province (501 out of 4,828) currently have reported cases. And five schools are currently closed.

“This is a reminder that COVID-19 is still present in our region and that keeping our schools as safe as possible will take a community-wide effort,” stated Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health and CEO of WDGPH, in a recent press release.

She added the cases are also “an important reminder” to wear a mask, practice good hand hygiene, maintain physical distancing and keep gatherings small.

“Fewer cases in our community means fewer cases in our schools,” said Mercer.

Officials also suggest downloading the COVID-19 Alert mobile app to help battle COVID-19 this fall.

In the above cases, officials conduct case management and contact tracing and students and families are advised to follow the direction of public health and their school board or child care provider.

*This article will be updated as new cases are reported.

Editor