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Toronto Catholic District School Board staff member dies after contracting COVID-19

Last Updated Nov 18, 2020 at 5:08 pm EDT

The Toronto Catholic District School Board Headquarters is seen in an undated photo. CITYNEWS.

A Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) child and youth worker has died after testing positive for COVID-19.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) confirmed the news in a statement.

“We learned this morning that a CUPE member who worked for the Toronto Catholic District School Board died after having contracted COVID-19,” said Laura Walton, president of CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions.

“We are deeply saddened by this news and send out deepest condolences to the family and friends of our union sister.”

CUPE’s OSBCU represents 55,000 education workers in Ontario.

The school board said the woman worked out of St. Francis De Sales at Firgrove Crescent in North York.

According to the TCDSB website, the school currently has two active cases of COVID-19, including one staff member and one student.

“We’ve recently learned of a tragic death of a staff member of the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB),” said Shazia Vlahos, chief of communications.

“This unfortunate news is a huge loss to our entire TCDSB community.”

NDP leader, Andrea Horwath, offered her condolences on Twitter, saying “Horrible, heartbreaking news. My thoughts are with this child and youth worker’s family, school colleagues and their students.”

“We should be doing everything possible in Ontario to prevent harm to teachers, education workers and children.”

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