COVID-19 in Ottawa: Outbreaks active in 16 elementary schools

OTTAWA — As doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for children arrive in Canada, cases among children in Ottawa continue to rise, with more than a dozen schools dealing with outbreaks.

Ottawa Public Health has reported 140 cases of COVID-19 in children under 10 so far this month, more than any other age group.

OPH reports 16 COVID-19 outbreaks in local primary schools. Four new outbreaks were reported in Ottawa on Sunday.

Ninety-six cases of COVID-19 among college students are associated with the 16 outbreaks. Six cases have also been reported among school staff. No one associated with an outbreak of COVID-19 at a school has died and there have been zero cases of anyone 0 to 9 or 10 to 19 in Ottawa hospitals with COVID-19 so far this month.

The outbreaks are in the following schools (OPH data):

  • Marie-Curie Public Elementary School (started November 5; 7 student cases, 1 staff case)

  • Holy Family Elementary School (started Nov. 7; 12 student cases, 0 staff cases)

  • Catholic Primary School Assumption (8 November; 4 student cases, 0 staff cases)

  • Primary school Our Lady of Fatima (started on November 9; 6 student cases, 1 staff case)

  • La VĂ©rendrye Catholic Elementary School (started November 10; 2 student cases, 0 staff cases)

  • Catholic Primary School Sainte-Bernadette (Early November 11; 3 student cases, 0 staff cases)

  • Sir Winston Churchill Public School (started November 13; 8 student cases, 1 staff case)

  • Stittsville Public School (started November 13; 7 student cases, 1 staff case)

  • Westwind Public School (started November 15; 2 student cases, 0 staff cases)

  • AcadĂ©mie Providence Soeurs Antonines (started Nov. 16; 3 student cases, 0 staff cases)

  • Hilson Avenue Public School (November 16; 2 student cases, 0 staff cases)

  • Holy Ghost Primary School (November 16; 1 student case, 2 staff cases)

  • Francojeunesse public primary school (Early November 17; 2 student cases, 0 staff cases)

  • Lorne Cassidy Elementary School (started November 18; 2 student cases, 0 staff cases)

  • Fern Hill School (November 19; 5 student cases, 0 staff cases)

  • St. Rita Elementary School (started Nov. 20; 3 student cases, 0 staff cases)

An outbreak in a school is defined as at least two cases of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 within a given class within a 14-day period where at least one case could have reasonably occurred at school (including transport and before/after school care). Since the start of the 2021-2022 school year, OPH has reported 72 COVID-19 outbreaks in schools, 65 of which are primary schools.

Holy Family Elementary School, which has seen 12 cases linked to the outbreak, was closed for two days last week. OPH was on site last Friday to offer testing.

Pop-up vaccination clinics are coming to schools

Ottawa medical officer of health Dr. Vera Etches told the CTV News on Six on Saturday that the first COVID-19 vaccine appointments for children ages five to 11 would open on Tuesday, with about 2,000 spots available for Friday. More appointments will be available in the coming days.

OPH says it plans to have vaccines available to all 77,000 children ages five to 11 in Ottawa within the next four weeks.

Ottawa Public Health will host 73 after-school pop-up vaccination clinics over a four-week period, in addition to making the vaccine available at seven community clinics and 10 community centers. Vaccinations for children will also be available at some pharmacies and primary care physicians in Ottawa.

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