New COVID-19 outbreaks declared at two Hamilton schools

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Hamilton public health has declared COVID-19 outbreaks at two local elementary schools.

Publicly-funded schools in the province are currently closed for a delayed spring break from April 12 to 16.

An outbreak at Cootes Paradise Elementary School in Westdale was declared April 12 after four students tested positive for the virus.

An outbreak was declared at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Elementary School on the west Mountain on April 12 after two people — one staff and one student — tested positive for the virus.

The same day, an outbreak at St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School, which had four student cases and screened positive for a variant of concern, was declared over.

There are a total of 12 ongoing outbreaks in Hamilton schools. Since schools reopened to in-person learning on Feb. 8, there have been a total of 34 outbreaks at Hamilton schools.

As of Monday, boards had reported a total of 167 cases — 108 public and 59 Catholic — since the beginning of April. More than half — about 50 — schools in the public board have had at least one COVID-19 case this month.

There are currently 22 schools in the Catholic board with confirmed cases.

In March, Hamilton schools reported more than 300 cases of the virus, the vast majority in the last two weeks. Last month’s numbers are more than double the previous record of 115 cases in December.

Kate McCullough, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator