Ontario’s COVID-19 cases in schools and daycares are on the decline – .

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Ontario’s COVID-19 cases in schools and daycares are on the decline – .


TORONTO – Almost half of all active COVID-19 infections in the province now involve students and staff in public schools and daycares, despite a steady reduction in the total number of cases linked to these settings.

According to the latest data, there are now 1,187 known active cases of COVID-19 associated with public schools and another 162 cases associated with day care centers.

The two settings currently account for 44.2% of all active COVID-19 cases in Ontario. This is an increase from 39.9% of active cases at the same time last week and 34.8 of all active cases two weeks ago.

The good news is that the number of classroom and daycare-related infections appears to be declining, although settings continue to account for a growing share of the total number of cases in Ontario.

The latest data reported Tuesday by the Education Department suggests there were 150 new school-related cases confirmed over a three-day period ending Monday afternoon. This is down from 173 cases in the same period last week. There have also been 13 other confirmed cases in daycares, up from 19 cases at the same date last week.

As a result, the total number of active cases associated with Ontario public schools and daycares now stands at 1,349, down from a high of nearly 2,000 earlier this month, but virtually unchanged compared to this hour last week.

The latest data arrives as many school-aged children prepare for Halloween this weekend. Last year, public health officials urged children in the Greater Toronto Area not to cheat or treat due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that advice was put aside for this weekend. amid radically improved public health indicators.

“Be careful, but things are getting better enough this year that we can get the kids out,” Toronto Mayor John Tory told CP24 on Tuesday. “I think you just need to use common sense and caution when it comes to parents because kids don’t know what’s different about Halloween this year compared to the precious years. So maybe leave the candy outside so you don’t have to have so much human interaction, there are certainly ways to avoid the crowding on your doorstep.

There are currently only two Ontario schools that have been ordered to close due to COVID-19 outbreaks, although at least 126 individual classrooms in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton self-isolated due to a positive case.

There are also seven daycares that have had to close due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

Meanwhile, the total number of school-related cases reported since early September currently stands at 4,287.

At this point in 2020, there had been only a total of 1,770 school-related cases, but that was before the second wave of the pandemic caused a rapid increase in the number of cases in the whole community.

Toronto Public Health says there are currently five active outbreaks in schools and one active outbreak in daycares. There are eight active outbreaks in the workplace.

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