School-linked coronavirus cases surpass 5,000 for the first time this school year – .

School-linked coronavirus cases surpass 5,000 for the first time this school year – .

Ontario’s state-funded school boards have now reported more than 5,000 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the school year, reaching the worrying milestone about three weeks earlier than in 2020.

The Education Department said there were 85 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a 24-hour period ending Friday afternoon.

This is an increase from 74 cases that occurred during the same period last week.

There have now been 5,068 confirmed infections associated with schools since school resumed in early September.

Last year it was not until December 2 to reach that number.

The latest data comes amid news of the closure of two schools in the Greater Toronto Area due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

St. Patrick’s Catholic Primary School in Schomberg is closed until at least November 15 following the discovery of 13 different cases.

Meanwhile, the TCDSB announced on Sunday evening that Scarborough’s Precious Blood Catholic School would be closed effective today after 13 cases were confirmed.

Six of these cases were identified using take-home PCR tests after the outbreak was first reported at school.

“What I can tell you from our numbers is that at the same time last year they were significantly higher. We are actually seeing a steady decrease in cases in our schools, ”TDSB spokesperson Shazia Vlahos told CP24 on Monday morning as she discussed the situation at Precious Blood Catholic School. “Of course that said, with what’s going on about this, we have to keep our eyes on ourselves to make sure all of these health safety precautions are being followed. Make sure there is active screening before coming to school, if you have symptoms by staying at home, masking, physically moving away. I think it’s really important to follow these guidelines to ensure that we continue the constant decline, at least in our schools. “

It should be noted that although the total number of school-related COVID-19 cases is higher than at this point in 2020, the number of active infections associated with the public school system continues to decline for the time being.

There are now 918 active cases linked to Ontario public schools, up from 973 at the same time last week and 1,159 two weeks ago.

However, in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton, active cases have increased week-over-week and now stand at 555 from 495 last Monday.

Cases are also increasing in the wider community, which could soon lead to an increase in infections among school-aged children and education staff.

The seven-day moving average of new infections in Ontario increased 31.5% over the past week and now stands at 476.

About 10 percent of Ontario schools – 474 – currently have at least one active case of COVID-19. This is the lowest figure since September 20.


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