A second case of COVID-19 has been identified at St. Thomas Aquinas High School.

The Kenora Catholic District School Board is working closely with the Northwestern Health Unit (NWHU) to reduce the spread of the virus. The positive case is being followed up by the Northwestern Health Unit, and all close contacts of the case will be called and given instructions by public health.

Out of an abundance of caution and through the contact tracing process, the Northwestern Health Unit has decided to close all the Grade 8 classes at St. Thomas Aquinas High School effective Saturday, November 28.

The NWHU has advised that they are classifying the two confirmed cases of COVID-19 at St. Thomas Aquinas High School as an outbreak. The outbreak is confined to the Grade 8 cohort.

The situation is being classified as an outbreak because it meets the Ministry’s definition, which defines an outbreak in a school as two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in students and/or staff in a school within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school setting.

This is the second case of COVID-19 identified at St. Thomas Aquinas High School this week. The KCDSB reported a case of the virus at the school on Sunday, November 22.

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NWHU recommends that everyone assume COVID-19 is in their community and practice preventive measures like physical distancing, wearing a mask in enclosed public spaces and when physical distancing is a challenge, good hand hygiene, and not touching their face. Anyone who has symptoms, or who has been in contact with a positive case, should self-isolate and get tested.