First coronavirus outbreak confirmed at a Toronto school

Sep 25 2020, 1:34 pm

The first COVID-19 outbreak has been confirmed at a Toronto school.

On Friday, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa, said that an outbreak was reported at Glen Park Public School.

According to the province, an outbreak is declared when at least two people test positive within a 14 day period and with a link to a school setting.

“This allows for a swift response to manage the spread,” she said.

At the school, two students have been confirmed as positive for COVID-19, and are currently isolating.

Also one teacher and two class cohorts of 17 and 18 students have been sent home to isolate for 14 days.

“Parents have been notified in writing. All infection, prevention, and control measures have been taken. Masking requirements are being adhered to, and there are enhanced cleaning measures. All steps have been followed as expected,” de Villa said.

She also noted that Toronto reported 236 new coronavirus infections raising the total confirmed cases to 18,363, with 15,725 recovered. There are currently 41 hospitalized.

This drastic daily rise in cases is “a warning to the entire city, wherever you live, wherever daily life takes you, you must take the steps for self protection that we advise you to take,” de Villa emphasized.

The Medical Officer of Health also noted the under Health Protection and Promotion Act,  four businesses in the city have been closed and will be until they meet safety requirements.

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