Nearly 2,000 schools in Quebec have at least one positive COVID-19 case

Nov 25 2020, 6:29 am

The Quebec government is reporting that there are now 1,999 schools across the province with at least one positive 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, there are currently 3,438 active cases in the province — 2,793 active cases among students and 645 among staff members.

The majority of COVID-19 cases have been in public schools, at 2,921, while 517 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 or not the student should stay home.

Since the start of the school year, there have been 10,434 “reported cases,” according to the government — 8,785 in public schools and 1,649 in the private school sector.

As a result, 1,139 classes have been cancelled across the province since September’s start date and one school is currently closed entirely.

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

“We understand parents’ concerns and we want to be there to reassure them,” said Health Minister Christian Dubé at the beginning of September. “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 7,641 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 1,124 new COVID-19 cases and 45 additional deaths to the provincial total.

Total COVID-19 cases in Quebec have now reached 134,330, along with 6,887 deaths.

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