Coronavirus: latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on December 1

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Here are the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Tuesday:

Pandemic Changes ‘Snowy Days’ Policies For Some Greater Toronto Area School Boards

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the move to the virtual classroom, some school boards in the Greater Toronto Area are using the new tool to prevent students from losing a day of learning due to snow, rain and sleet in winter which could force the cancellation of bus or school transport to close.

Some school boards are canceling in-person classes and switching to online learning when buses are canceled due to safety concerns for class cohorts. A school board always keeps schools open when buses are canceled for elementary school students. Others cancel in-person and virtual school when schools are deemed closed due to bad weather.

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Pandemic Changes ‘Snow Day’ Policies For Some GTA School Boards

State of Business in the Greater Toronto Area

Ontario reported a total of 1,707 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday.

From these:

  • 727 were in Toronto
  • 373 were in Peel region
  • 168 were in York Region
  • 72 were in Durham Region
  • 47 were in Halton region

Ontario Reports 1,707 New COVID-19 Cases, 7 More Deaths

Ontario reported 1,707 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the provincial total to 118,199.

The death toll in the province rose to 3,663 as seven more deaths were reported.

Over 34,600 tests have been processed in the past 24 hours. The resolved cases increased by 1,373 from the previous day.

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Ontario Reports 1,707 New Coronavirus Cases, 7 More Deaths

Ontario Long-Term Care Homes

According to the Ministry of Long-Term Care, 2,228 deaths have been reported among residents and patients of long-term care homes across Ontario, representing an increase of five deaths.

There are currently 109 outbreaks in homes, unchanged from the previous day.

The ministry also said there are currently 743 active cases among long-term care residents and 509 active cases among staff – up from 33 cases and 26 cases respectively on the last day.

Ontario Child Care Centers and Schools

Meanwhile, government figures show there have been a total of 4,872 school-related COVID-19 cases in Ontario – 3,107 among students and 677 among staff (1,088 people have not identified). This represents an increase of 299 additional cases over a three-day period.

COVID-19 cases currently affect 737 of the province’s 4,828 schools. Six schools in Ontario are currently closed due to positive cases, the government said.

There have been a total of 806 confirmed cases in daycares and homes – an increase of 40 (21 child cases and 19 staff cases.) Of 5,249 child care centers in Ontario, 154 currently have cases and 18 centers are closed.

NOTE: This story will be updated throughout the day.

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