W.J. Langlois closed due to COVID-19 outbreak

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The Windsor Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) has closed W.J Langlois school after another student tested positive for COVID-19.

An outbreak was declared at the school Thursday, however, the school remained open because both cases were in the same cohort.  There are now four confirmed cases in the school community and the health unit is asking all students and staff to isolate for at least 14 days.

“It is essential for students and staff of W J Langlois to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms every day. If you have any symptoms, go get tested,” said Dr. Wajid Ahmed, the medical officer of health with WECHU.

The entire school is considered at high-risk for exposure to COVID-19.

“We will continue to work with public health to keep the school community informed about the outbreak and implement all necessary additional health and safety measures to clean and disinfect the school,” said Terry Lyons, director of education with the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board.

All students will be transitioning to online learning beginning Monday. Students will hear directly from their teachers via their school board email accounts with further instructions on how to access their classrooms. The board’s IT Service desk will provide additional support to students who need it.

This is the second school in the Windsor-Essex community to close this week due to a COVID-19 outbreak. The health unit closed Begley Public School late Tuesday.