Positive COVID-19 test at De La Salle high school
De La Salle High School. (Google Maps)
OTTAWA -- A new COVID-19 case has been detected in a sixth Ottawa school, according to provincial health authorities.
A staff member at École secondaire publique De La Salle in Lowertown has tested positive for COVID-19.
The case was listed in Friday’s report from the province on active COVID-19 cases in schools.
The report shows Ottawa has the most positive cases in schools of any region in the province.
Medical officer of health Dr. Vera Etches said fewer than five members of the school community have had to self-isolate as a result of the case, and the case was not a source of exposure to any students at the school.
De La Salle joins the five schools in the French Catholic board that had cases associated with them earlier this week. Those schools are:
- Laurier-Carrière catholic elementary school;
- Sainte Anne catholic elementary school;
- Saint François d'Assise catholic elementary school;
- Roger-Saint-Denis catholic elementary school; and
- Collège catholique Franco-Ouest high school
Ten staff and 190 students were asked to self-isolate as a result of those cases.
Dr. Etches also emphasized Friday afternoon that Ottawa has not seen any COVID-19 outbreaks in schools; the cases all originated outside the school community.