21 November 2020 Posted By : CBC News

Toronto Catholic school education worker dies after contracting COVID-19

A Toronto Catholic District School Board staff member has died after getting infected with the novel coronavirus, marking the first COVID-19-related death of an education worker in Ontario, according to the province.

CBC News has learned from a source that the worker was a 67-year-old woman, who tested positive for the virus on Thursday and died Wednesday morning. The source also said the woman had pre-existing health conditions.

The worker was employed at the St. Francis De Sales School in the Jane Street and Finch Avenue area, according to CUPE, the union representing education workers.

"CUPE Ontario's 280,000 members mourn the loss of our sister, a CUPE education worker at TCDSB, who passed away after contracting COVID-19. Our solidarity and condolences to her family, friends and all her union colleagues," the union tweeted Wednesday. 

One class of approximately 19 students is self-isolating at home due to possible exposure to the virus, the board says. No outbreak has been declared at the school.

"We've recently learned of a tragic death of a staff member of the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB). This unfortunate news is a huge loss to our entire TCDSB community," said a statement on behalf of TCDSB's chief of communications Sazia Vlahos.

The board also said it is focused on supporting staff and students and respecting the privacy of the staff member and grieving family.

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