2,210 Quebec schools reporting nearly 12,000 COVID-19 cases

Dec 9 2020, 7:10 am

The Quebec government is reporting that there are now 2,210 schools across the province with at least one COVID-19 case.

The numbers unveiled by the province’s education board consist of pre-school, elementary, high school, and trade schools throughout Quebec.

According to Quebec’s Réseau scolaire public et privé, as of December 7, there are currently 4,071 active cases in schools across the province — 3,198 active cases among students and 873 among staff members.

The majority of cases have been in public schools, at 2,679, while 519 are in the private sector.

If a case is identified, the school is expected to notify students’ parents with health guidelines and instructions on whether the student in question should stay home.

Since the start of the school year, there have been 13,338 “reported cases,” according to the government — 11,368 in public schools and 1,970 in the private school sector.

As a result, 1,107 classes have been cancelled across the province since September’s start date; ten Quebec schools have closed entirely.

Quebec public health says it has committed to providing daily updates on school infections.

“We understand parents’ concerns, and we want to be there to reassure them,” said Health Minister Christian Dubé at the start of the school year. “We hope this tool will allow the population, and more particularly parents, to get a current portrait of the entire situation.”

The government reports that 12,377 students and staff have fully recovered from the virus and returned to class.

The full list of infected Quebec schools can be found online.

On Tuesday, Quebec health officials added 1,564 new COVID-19 cases and 36 additional deaths to the provincial total.

Total COVID-19 cases in Quebec have now reached 154,740, along with 7,313 deaths.