CM – Toronto is investigating the first case of a variant of Omicron in a school


Katherine DeClerq
CTV News Toronto multi-platform author


Toronto Public Health is investigating its first school case of the new variant of Omicron in Scarborough.

Few details were released, but officials say the case was identified at Precious Blood Catholic School, located near Lawrence and Pharmacy Avenues.

Close contacts of the person have been identified, officials said, and asked to self-isolate, check for symptoms, and have a COVID-19 PCR test.

« With the advent of this new variant, &, and the continued transmission of the Delta variant, getting vaccinated if you haven’t already is more important than ever, » Toronto Public Health said in a tweet. « We thank the residents and our school communities for doing their part to protect each other. »

Precious Blood Catholic School closed to personal learning in early November after 13 COVID-19 cases were identified. According to the then Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), 11 of the infections were students and two were staff.

The TCDSB website shows that there has been an active case with a student since December 3rd. The school stays open.

In a statement to CP24, the Toronto Catholic District Schools Board said it had been informed of the investigation into a possible Omicron case on Monday evening.

“Students, staff and anyone affected who may have been exposed were asked to stay home and self-isolate. The school will stay open, ”said TCDSB spokeswoman Shazia Vlahos. “Students and staff who are not instructed to self-isolate from the TPH can continue to attend school based on the results of the daily screening. We will continue to work with TPH during this ongoing investigation. ”

1/5: TPH is currently investigating TO’s first Omicron school case at Precious Blood Catholic School.

The news comes just hours after public health officials said they declared an outbreak in six other schools after two or more COVID-19 cases were identified and linked in those settings.

The six schools include Branksome Hall, Dewson Street Junior Public School, Michael Power Saint Joseph High, Holy Angels Catholic School, Maurice Cody Junior Public School, and Prince of Peace Catholic School.

“We carefully study and follow our process of working with our school community to notify close contacts. & is asking them to stay home, watch for symptoms and get tested, « officials said on social media.

As of Monday, Ontario officials had confirmed at least 13 cases of the Omicron variant in the province. One of these cases was reported in Toronto, while three other cases have occurred in Durham, two in Peel, and one in York.

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