Self-insulating whole classroom in Markham, Ontario. public school after child tests positive for COVID-19

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A class of students at a Markham elementary school is isolating themselves at home after a classmate tests positive for COVID-19, while cases have been detected at 9 other schools of the GTA.

York Region Public Health said the student attended Little Rouge Public School in Bur Oak Avenue and the Ninth Line area and was in class on September 10 and 11 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

“Our investigation of the case indicates that the individual acquired the infection from the community,” York Public Health wrote in a notice sent to parents. “If you are a close contact, Public Health will contact you. ”

The case represents the 16e a case of infection with a novel coronavirus in a student or staff member at an Ontario school since the beginning of September.

Schools in Halton, York and Durham regions have reported cases, but few involve isolating an entire class like what is happening in Little Rouge.

There have been no cases of transmission of the virus in schools to date.

Also on Tuesday, the province reported cases of COVID-19 at nine other schools in the GTA.

Officials have confirmed a case in a student at St. Joseph Catholic High School in Mississauga, a staff member at St. Marguerite d’Youville Catholic Elementary School in Oakville, a staff member at Briarwood Public School in Mississauga, a staff member of the North Field Office of the Peel District School Board in Brampton and a staff member of Ross Drive Public School in Brampton.

In Toronto, a staff member from Bloordale Middle School, Charles G. Fraser Junior Public School, Don Mills Middle School and Earl Haig Public School tested positive for the virus.

Across Ontario, 29 people linked to schools have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of September, including 9 students, 14 staff and 6 others whose connection to schools has not been clarified .

The growing number of COVID-19 cases has prompted thousands of other parents to switch their children to virtual learning in GTA school boards.

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