Ontario Reports 178 New COVID-19 Cases Linked to Public Schools – .

Ontario Reports 178 New COVID-19 Cases Linked to Public Schools – .

There are now more than double the number of active COVID-19 cases associated with Ontario public schools than just a month ago, as the fourth wave of the pandemic continues to worsen.

The Education Department says there were 178 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a 24-hour period ending Friday afternoon, bringing the total number of active infections to 1,879.

This represents an 18% increase on a week-over-week basis and is more than double the number of active infections associated with schools at the same time last month – 913.

The good news is that there has been a recent decrease in the number of schools that have switched to in-person learning, from a high of 17 on November 26 to just seven this morning.

But school-based COVID-19 outbreaks continue to accelerate, as cases increase.

According to the latest data, there are now 230 schools with active epidemics, representing almost 5% of all public schools.

This is the highest number of concurrent outbreaks in schools since the peak of the third wave of the pandemic in April.

At the time, the number of schools with outbreaks peaked at 264 on April 14, just days before schools switched to distance learning for the second year in a row.

This year, public health officials have insisted they will prioritize keeping schools open, especially in light of the approval of Pfizer’s pediatric vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

This week, Toronto Public Health alone will operate 49 school-based clinics in an effort to maximize the number of school-aged children who can receive their first dose before the holidays.

There are also more than 41,000 other children who have been booked for their first dose at one of Toronto’s five mass immunization clinics this week, accounting for about 57 percent of all available appointments.

“We are working to help families immunize children as quickly as possible to protect them from COVID-19. We know parents will depend heavily on clinics that are close to them, including clinics in schools their children attend, ”Mayor John Tory said in a press release detailing the city’s efforts Monday morning. “Our plan to increase the availability of these clinics ensures that we make it as easy as possible to immunize children and families. I want to thank all of the school boards in our city for working with us to make this possible, as well as the pharmacies and doctor’s offices who also help children get immunized.

Of the more than 1,800 active cases associated with Ontario public schools, about half – 937 – were reported by school boards in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton.

During the 2020-2021 school year, it was not until March to exceed 1,879 active cases in the public school system.

The cumulative number of school-related cases is also higher than last year. There were a total of 8,280 school-related cases this morning, up from 5,420 at the same time last year.


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