Greenholme Junior Middle School closed after 10 cases of COVID-19 were detected – .

Greenholme Junior Middle School closed after 10 cases of COVID-19 were detected – .

TORONTO – A Toronto middle school was closed for in-person learning on Friday after 10 cases of COVID-19 were linked to the building.

Toronto Public Health announced Thursday afternoon that Greenholme Junior Middle School near Kipling Avenue and Albion Road would not switch to distance learning until tomorrow after new cases were discovered.

It is the second school in Toronto to be closed due to a COVID-19 outbreak so far this week.

“Toronto Public Health has identified 10 cases of COVID-19 in this setting and will continue to work with our school community and have notified close contacts and asked them to stay home, monitor for symptoms and get tested. Toronto Public Health said in a series of messages posted on Twitter. “Dismissal from school is a precautionary measure to prevent further spread of COVID-19 within the school and we continue to work with our school partners to determine when in-person learning will resume. “

The closure of Greenholme Junior Middle School follows the switch from Siléquenceorn Collegiate Institute in Etobicoke to distance learning only Monday evening.

Toronto’s medical officer of health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, said nine of that school’s 11 cases appear to be the result of “student-to-student transmission.”

However, it is unclear what is behind the cluster of cases at Greenholme Junior Middle School.

Ontario Reports 126 More School-Related Cases

Earlier today, Ontario reported 126 new school-related COVID-19 cases, as the number of classroom-related infections continued to decline.

The Education Ministry says 117 of the cases involved students, five education workers, and the association of four other cases was not known.

There are 696 out of 4,844 schools with at least one active case and five schools are closed, up from nine six days ago.

The number of active school-related cases now stands at 1,320, or about one-third of the total number of known active cases in Ontario.

This is down from the peak of 1,637 reported on October 1.

Active cases in the province have declined by about 20 percent over the past two weeks, and cases in schools have declined by about 19 percent over the same period.

There have been 3,533 documented cases of COVID-19 among students and education workers since the start of this school year.

At this point last year, only 1,057 cases of COVID-19 have been detected among staff and students.

In the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), public school boards reported 625 active cases of COVID-19 among students and staff, an increase of 17 from the previous day, but still a decrease of seven percent compared to a week ago.

At least 180 class cohorts were isolating themselves at home in the GTHA on Thursday.

In Toronto, public health officials said there were 17 confirmed active outbreaks of COVID-19 in schools and 121 ongoing school-related investigations.


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