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Catholic board reports COVID-19 case at elementary school in Niagara Falls

Niagara's Catholic school board says it has a COVID-19 case at an elementary school in Niagara Falls.
Niagara's Catholic school board says it has a COVID-19 case at an elementary school in Niagara Falls. Don Mitchell / Global News

An elementary school in Niagara Falls has reported the first COVID-19 case for the region’s 2020-2021 school year.

In a release on Thursday night, Niagara District Catholic School Board said the positive result was from an individual at Mary Ward Catholic Elementary School.

Read more: Coronavirus: Staff member at Hamilton before-and-after school program tests positive for COVID-19

“As a result, students and staff were exposed to COVID-19 while this person was infectious,” said director of education Camillo Cipriano in a statement. “This person is currently in self-isolation.”

The board confirmed that the school is working with public health to comply with provincial guidelines for contact tracing of students and staff.

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“Anyone who came into contact with this individual is advised to stay at home (Friday) and to follow the advice of Niagara Region Public Health,” Cipriano said.

Niagara Region now has two school-related COVID-19 cases in the past week after a Brock University said a student came forward with a positive test result.

The student, who lives off-campus, had not visited the school since the start of the latest term and is self-isolating, according to the university.

Niagara Region reports 5 new COVID-19 cases, new outbreak at nursing home

Niagara public health reported 5 new COVID-19 cases on Friday.

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The region now has 990 total cases since the pandemic began and 36 current active cases.

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Sixty-four people with COVID-19 have died in Niagara.

Public health is reporting one new outbreak at the Deer Park Villa nursing home in Grimsby.

Since the pandemic, 323 of the region’s 990 cases have occurred in people between the ages of 20 and 39.

Hamilton reports 9 new COVID-19 cases

Hamilton public health reported nine new COVID-19 cases as of Friday.

The city says 42 per cent of new coronavirus cases in the last 10 days have come from people under the age of 30.

The city has 48 active cases as of Sept. 18.

Read more: Ontario reports 401 new coronavirus cases, highest single-day increase since early June

Since the pandemic, Hamilton has had a total of 1,056 confirmed cases, including 45 deaths.

The city has no current institutional outbreaks.

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Halton Region with 15 new COVID-19 cases

Public Health Halton reported 15 new COVID-19 cases on Friday with 11 new cases recorded in Oakville.

The region has 1,088 total cases since the pandemic began. There are 87 active cases, and 25 deaths tied to COVID-19 as of Sept. 18.

The region has no current institutional outbreaks.

The agency says 47 per cent (31) of its 65 most recent cases in the last 10 days came from residents aged 20 to 39.

Haldimand-Norfolk with no new COVID-19 cases

Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) reported no new COVID-19 cases on Friday. The region has an overall total of 487 lab-confirmed, positive cases.

Officials say there are 11 active cases as of Sept. 18.

Read more: 28 Western University students test positive for coronavirus, prompting tightened restrictions

The region has one community outbreak at Walpole North Elementary School near Hagersville.

Public health says 34.5 per cent of all cases in the region involve people between the ages of 20 and 39.

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Brant County reports 1 new COVID-19 case

Brant County’s health unit revealed one new COVID-19 case on Friday.

The region has 169 confirmed cases as of Sept. 18, and five deaths since the pandemic began.

There is just one current outbreak in Brantford ​John Noble Home nursing home reporting a single case. An out break at Le Ballon Rouge Daycare was declared over on Thursday.