Courtice school closed due to COVID-19; three more outbreaks declared in Durham

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Courtice school closed due to COVID-19; three more outbreaks declared in Durham's Profile



Durham’s health department is reporting three more COVID-19 outbreaks at schools in the region.

The affected places are Carruthers Creek Public School in Ajax, St. George’s School and Daycare (Edukids) in Ajax and St. Mary of Leuca Day Care Centre in Courtice.

As well, Monsignor Leo Cleary Catholic Elementary School in Courtice has the distinction of having both the first outbreak and the first closure of the school year.

A letter written to parents on Saturday says the school will be closed for at least two weeks. Classes are moving to a virtual setting in the interim.

Durham currently has nine active school outbreaks.

Outbreaks at Goodwood Public School in Goodwood and Valley Farm Public School in Pickering have been declared over.

Durham’s COVID-19 tracker says an outbreak is defined as two or more lab confirmed COVID-19 cases in students, children, staff or visitors in a school or child care centre with an epidemiological link, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the facility, including transportation and before/after care.

The health department says only confirmed cases, not probable ones, are captured on the region’s data tracker. Staff or students who live outside Durham Region are not included in their count of cases, but in the data of the local public health unit where they live.

The data tracker shows one case at Carruthers Creek and three cases at St. Mary of Leuca, as well as four at Monsignor Leo Cleary (one resolved).

To see the status of cases at your child’s school board, click here.

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