November 17, 2021
To: St. Martin School and Schoolhouse Playcare Centre Community,
This letter is to inform you that the Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) has been notified that four additional individuals associated with St. Martin School and the Schoolhouse Playcare childcare program have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to five cases. There is evidence of spread in the school setting; therefore, an outbreak is being declared.
The public health investigation is ongoing. Impacted classes/cohorts have been dismissed from the school, childcare and any related settings such as bus transportation. Directly impacted individuals will be contacted by public health and provided instructions. If you have not been contacted by TBDHU, your child is not considered at elevated risk at this time.
Public health is working closely with the school, school board and childcare to continue the investigation. Further communication will be provided in the coming days as needed.
TBDHU encourages anyone who is eligible, to be immunized with both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. TBDHU anticipates that children 5 to 11 years old will be eligible in the near future. Please visit TBDHU.com/VaccineFacts for credible information on the vaccine and where to get vaccinated.
Janet DeMille MD, FRCPC
Medical Officer of Health
Thunder Bay District Health Unit