Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School closed because of COVID-19, staffing issues

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School (ALCDSB)

Staff and students at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Kingston are at home on Monday after three cases of COVID-19 were confirmed at the school. 

The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board did not identify whether it was staff members or students that tested positive, citing privacy, but said in a statement that it was not considered an outbreak "due to the contact scenario." The threshold for an outbreak is two cases believed to be contracted in a school setting. 

The Board said it's working with the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health Unit and contacts have been notified, but the school will remain closed Monday and Tuesday because of staffing pressures. More information is expected to be given to parents as soon as possible. 

The Kingston-area has six active cases of the virus as of Monday morning and no patients in hospital. Ontario reported record-breaking cases on both Saturday and Sunday, 1,132 and 1,328 respectively, mostly in the hotspots of Toronto, Peel, York and Ottawa. 

The province's new regional COVID-19 monitoring system was put in place over the weekend with Kingston placed in the 'green-prevent' phase, or the lowest level of restrictions based on the cases in the area. Provincial hotspots, like the City of Ottawa, have been placed in the 'orange' category, one below the grey lockdown level, the highest on the pandemic scale.