The Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) was notified that an individual associated with Whitefish Valley Public School has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is currently at home and being followed by the TBDHU. The individual is not a student.
Working closely with the school and with Lakehead Public Schools, the TBDHU initiated a comprehensive Public Health investigation of this case to assess possible exposures. Although the individual with COVID-19 was at school during the time they were infectious, the Whitefish Valley Public School students, staff and community are not at an elevated risk at this time. All students and staff can continue to attend school in-person. Students and staff should continue to use the provincial screening tool prior to attending school every day (https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/).
The TBDHU, Whitefish Valley Public School and Lakehead Public Schools will continue to work together and monitor the situation for the next two weeks. Whitefish Valley Public School, like other schools in Lakehead Public Schools, has implemented significant measures to reduce the risk of spread of the COVID-19 virus within the school setting.
Further information on the public health response to cases in a school setting can be found on the TBDHU website at www.TBDHU.com. Further information will be provided to the school community if required over the next two weeks.