Parents prepare for a possible school outbreak in September after their child tests positive at camp in Toronto

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TORONTO – News that a child has tested positive for COVID-19 at one of the city’s CampTO summer camps has left parents preparing for possible outbreaks when school begins in September. “I don’t know how confident I am the school will be going well,” said Dylan Leister, whose seven and nine-year-old sons attend the camp.

City officials said the camper, who attended a program at the Barbara Frum Community Center, was sent home with symptoms last week and has been self-isolating since then.

Barbara Frum’s camp was closed as well as that of the Glen Long Community Center where a small group of Barbara Frum’s children also attended the camp.

“We can confirm that the city did not receive any additional reports today on campers, their families or staff showing symptoms of COVID-19,” a spokesperson said in an email to CTV News Toronto on Thursday after -midday.

The city said both sites will be thoroughly cleaned before reopening on Monday.

“It’s not at all surprising. It’s exactly the same as what could happen at school in September, ”said Dr. Anna Banerji, pediatric infectious disease specialist at the University of Toronto.

To help prevent the spread of the virus, Banerji encourages children to wear masks at school, including younger students if they feel comfortable.

On Thursday, Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced that school boards could access $ 500 million in reserve funds to help back to school during the pandemic.

Banerji says she hopes the new access to funds will allow more creative uses of spaces to keep children at bay, such as auditoriums, community centers and stadiums.

She also recommends that parents check their children’s symptoms before school.

“If they have fever, body aches, runny nose, cough, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, shortness of breath, whatever it is, they should keep their kids at home, ”she says.

Despite the positive case at camp, some parents with children in the program believe the experience could better prepare children for a safe return to school.

“My daughter has to wear a mask at camp, she follows social distancing guidelines, so I think it’s really important that she gets used to it now, which makes September and school easier,” the father said. Dan Carroll.

To put the positive case into perspective, Mayor John Tory said 4,000 children are currently enrolled in city-run camps.

With files from the Canadian Press.

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