Most COVID-19 cases at Etobicoke closed school are the result of student-to-student transmission – .

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Most COVID-19 cases at Etobicoke closed school are the result of student-to-student transmission – .


TORONTO – All but two of the COVID-19 cases at a closed Etobicoke high school appear to have resulted from student-to-student transmission and it is possible that some were contracted during school events, according to the best doctor in Toronto.

All 773 students at Silouvernorn Collegiate Institute near Bunhamthorpe Road and Mill Road have switched to e-learning after Toronto Public Health declared an outbreak at the school on Monday evening.

During a briefing at Toronto City Hall on Tuesday, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa revealed that at least nine of the 11 student cases identified at the school so far appear be the result of a transmission from student to student.

She said authorities were also looking to determine whether some of the infections could have been contracted during school events.

“I don’t have full details on all of the different events, but I do know that there have been a number of different multi-level activities and events inside and outside of the school that were found during the investigation which certainly represented opportunities for transmission, ”she said.

Ontario health officials have repeatedly insisted that transmission in schools has been ‘minimal’, even though the province has consistently reported over 100 new school-related COVID-19 cases every day .

But the situation at Silouvernorn Collegiate Institute could serve as a warning, given that school-based transmission appears to have played a role in the rapid increase in cases.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, de Villa acknowledged that the community of Markland Woods in which the school is located has a lower vaccination rate than the general population – 73% of those 12 and over have been fully vaccinated against 81 , 6% citywide.

For this reason, she said Toronto Public Health has recommended that a mobile vaccination clinic be established at the school “to try and increase that rate.”

She said take-home COVID-19 tests are also available to be picked up outside the school today.

However, there is still no timeline for how long the school will be closed for in-person learning.

The Toronto District School Board says seven of the 11 cases identified in Siléritéorn so far are still active.

“These kinds of investigations take time, but I can assure you that all the measures have been put in place and we look forward to trying to get these children back to school as soon as possible,” said de Villa.

ACTIVE CASES CONTINUE TO FALL

The closure of the Siléquenceorn Collegiate Institute, one of six in Ontario on Tuesday, comes despite a steady decline in the number of active COVID-19 cases associated with the public school system.

The Education Ministry said there were 117 new confirmed cases in a 24-hour period ending Friday afternoon. This is down from 146 cases in the same period last week and the 173 cases reported for the same period two weeks ago.

The number of active cases associated with Ontario public schools is now 1,234. That number reached 1,637 as of Monday, but has been trending down in recent days and is now the lowest since September 23.

However, Ontario public schools continue to see a higher number of COVID-19 infections than they were seeing at this point in the 2020/2021 school year, as the second wave of the pandemic was just beginning.

At the time, it took until November 11 for the total number of laboratory-confirmed infections to exceed 3,000, but with the latest data, Ontario schools have now reported a total of 3,088 confirmed infections in laboratory, including 2,713 among the students. .

Addressing the outbreak in Silouvernorn at a press conference earlier Tuesday, Education Minister Stephen Lecce said he continued to believe in precautions used in mostly schools.

“This is a first for Toronto, but I will note that Toronto Public Health, the Chief Medical Officer of Health, who all said the careful preventative layers of protection put in place in our schools have been effective in reducing the spread, reducing epidemics and keep children safe, ”he said. “Three out of four schools in this province in the middle of Delta-led Fourth Wave have no active cases, but we’re not taking anything for granted. “

There are currently 657 schools in Ontario with at least one active case of COVID-19, but that number is down from a high of 819 schools at some point last week.

The number of active cases associated with the school system is also starting to decline as a proportion of the total number of cases in Ontario.

To date, over 28 percent of active cases in Ontario are associated with the public school system. But at that time, last week, schools accounted for a third of Ontario’s active cases.

Of course, the impact on learning cannot be fully assessed from the number of cases.

According to a review of data released by the boards on Tuesday, there are currently at least 230 individual cohorts that are self-isolating in the GTA and Hamilton area following a positive case in the classroom.

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