According to numbers from the public school board, Frank W. Begley Public School currently has the dubious honours of the largest school outbreak in Ontario.
The school’s 26 cases, according to the Greater Essex County District School Board, is significantly larger than the largest outbreak listed on the provincial school outbreak website: it says Pickering High School, in Ajax, has 18 confirmed cases.
It is not clear when those numbers were last updated. The site lists Frank W. Begley with just 2 staff cases.
More than 400 students and staff from Frank W. Begley are currently in isolation after the healt unit dismissed students and staff on Nov. 17.
It’s one of two schools in the board that have fully closed due to COVID-19 outbreak.
Students and staff at WJ Langlois Catholic Elementary School were dismissed Friday by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU). The school will remain closed for 14 days.
New cases reported
The health unit reported 42 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday.
There are 352 active cases in the region. Of these, 12 are in the hospital and 216 are self-isolating.
Four long-term care and retirement homes are in outbreak, including:
- Riverside Place in Windsor with one resident case.
- Berkshire Care Center in Windsor with one staff case.
- Lifetimes on Riverside in Windsor with five resident cases and four staff cases.
- Iler Lodge in Essex with 17 resident cases and one staff case.
A community outbreak at a University of Windsor residence is still active. As well, one agriculture workplace in Leamington remains in outbreak.
Windsor-Essex has now had 3,290 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 77 deaths.
The Windsor-Essex region has been moved into the province’s orange COVID-19 category, with new restrictions coming into effect Monday.