COVID-19 in Ottawa: COVID-19 outbreak at 23 schools in Ottawa

OTTAWA – The number of COVID-19 outbreaks at Ottawa’s schools continues to grow on the eve of the first COVID-19 vaccinations given to children.

Ottawa Public Health on Thursday reported three new outbreaks in elementary schools. There are now COVID-19 outbreaks at 21 elementary schools and two high schools.

A new COVID-19 outbreak at Chapel Hill Catholic Elementary School in Orléans has 11 student cases. The school was closed on Wednesday due to the increase in cases.

An outbreak at Holy Redeemer Elementary School in Kanata has eight student cases, while there are two student cases related to an outbreak at St. Pius X High School.

Doctor in the health service Dr. Vera Etches says she keeps a close eye on school outbreaks.

“This shows you that this is the most unimmunized population, and this is where we see the largest number of outbreaks,” said Dr. Etches. “We see again the value of this 5 to 11 year old group being immunized, I think that will be the key here.”

Ottawa Public Health will begin vaccinating the 77,000 5 to 11-year-olds in Ottawa on Friday.

As of Thursday’s reporting, there were 104 student cases linked to the 23 ongoing outbreaks.

These are the outbreaks according to Ottawa Public Health per. November 25.

  • Marie-Curie Folkeskole (Started 5 November; 7 student cases, 1 staff case)

  • Holy Family Elementary School (Started November 7; 13 student cases, 0 staff cases)

  • Assumption Catholic Elementary School (Started November 8; 4 student cases, 0 staff cases)

  • Our Lady of Fatima Primary School (Started November 9; 6 student cases, 1 staff case)

  • La Vérendrye Catholic Primary School (Started November 10; 2 student cases, 0 staff cases)

  • Sainte-Bernadette Catholic Elementary School (Started November 11; 3 student cases, 0 staff cases)

  • Sir Winston Churchill Public School (Started 13 November; 10 student cases, 1 staff case)

  • Stittsville Public School (Started November 13; 7 student cases, 1 staff case)

  • Westwind Public School (Started November 15; 2 student cases, 0 staff cases)

  • Académie Providence Soeurs Antonines (Started 16 November; 3 student cases, 0 staff cases)

  • Hilson Avenue Public School (Started November 16; 2 student cases, 0 staff cases)

  • Holy Spirit Elementary School (Started November 16; 1 student case, 2 staff cases)

  • Francojeunesse Folkeskole (Started November 17; 2 student cases, 0 staff cases)

  • Lorne Cassidy Elementary School (Started November 18; 2 student cases, 0 staff cases)

  • Fern Hill School (Started November 19; 5 student cases, 0 staff cases)

  • St. Rita Folkeskole (Started November 20; 5 student cases, 0 staff cases)

  • Chesterton Academy Secondary School (Started November 20: Two student cases, one staff case)

  • Pinecrest Public School (Started November 21: Two student cases, 3 staff cases)

  • Lamoureux Personalized Catholic Elementary School (Started November 21: 2 student cases, 0 staff cases)

  • St. Pius X High School (Started November 22: Two student cases)

  • Holy Redeemer Elementary School (Started November 22: Eight student cases, 0 staff cases)

  • Carson Grove Elementary School (Started November 22: Three student cases, 0 staff cases)

  • Chapel Hill Catholic Elementary School (Started November 23: 11 student cases, 0 staff cases)

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