COVID-19 outbreak declared at west Mountain elementary school

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Hamilton public health has declared an outbreak at Westview Elementary School on the west Mountain.

In a March 24 letter to families, the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board said the outbreak was declared after a student case of COVID-19 was reported the same day.

Since March 20, three students have tested positive for the virus.

A school outbreak is defined by the province “as two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases ... with an epidemiological link, within a 14-day period, where at least one case could have reasonably acquired their infection in the school.”

There are currently four ongoing outbreaks at Hamilton schools.

Three outbreaks — all linked to COVID-19 variants of concern — were declared at Hamilton schools last week.

The largest is at Dr. J.E. Davey Elementary School in central Hamilton, which is currently closed to in-person learning until at least March 26.

The school has reported 11 cases — nine students and two staff — since March 15.

Mountview Elementary School on the west Mountain and Greensville Elementary School are also in outbreak as of March 17 and March 18, respectively.

Mountview has had four cases — three students and one staff — since March 12. Greensville has had three cases — one student and two staff — since March 15.

Kate McCullough, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator