Outbreak at Cornwall daycare after four confirmed COVID-19 cases

In this February 2020, file photo, Marie-Tanguay elementary school in Cornwall, Ont. An outbreak at the daycare inside the school has been declared after four children in one group tested positive for COVID-19. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – An outbreak has been declared at a Cornwall daycare after four cases surfaced in one group of students, the health unit revealed Monday.

Ontario Public Health had one case at Centre de ressources familiales de l’Estrie (CRFE) at Marie Tanguay school on Holy Cross Boulevard on its website Monday morning. The initial case was a staff member.

But Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis told Cornwall Newswatch this afternoon that three more were added.

“We added more. There are four total cases and they’re related,” he said.

Roumeliotis says deep cleaning is going on in the area where the cohort – comprised of 22 students – frequented inside the building.

“They’re split into different areas so we’re working with the area that’s affected. We’re working with each of the kids and looking where they were in contact and testing and isolating the ones that require it. We haven’t isolated the whole school,” he told Cornwall Newswatch.

There is also a second case at Holy Trinity Catholic high school in “completely different classrooms, completely different areas” from the previous case. Roumeliotis says an outbreak is not declared because there is no epidemiological link between the two cases. There needs to be two linked cases in a school or daycare for an outbreak to be declared.

Seven cases were added to the roles in the City of Cornwall Monday of the 28 new cases reported (20 in Prescott-Russell, one in SD&G and seven in Cornwall), bringing the regional total to 550 confirmed positive cases.

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 7:18 p.m. to show new cases in Cornwall and new totals based on evening upload to EOHU website.

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