Ontario reports 21 new coronavirus cases in schools

Sep 17 2020, 1:17 pm

The Government of Ontario is reporting 21 more COVID-19 cases in schools, for a total of 62 in the province.

As of Thursday morning, five of the new cases are student related, while four are staff related, and 12 are unidentified.

The numbers are reported daily at 10:30 am on the province’s school and childcare centre coronavirus-tracking website.

Government of Ontario

Of the total cases, seven are from the Toronto District School Board.

There are also 21 from Ottawa, nine from Brampton, seven from Mississauga, two from Markham, and two from Oakville.

There are also 72 total cases in licensed childcare centres, which have seen the closure of 20 centres and 80 homes.

To help reduce the spread of the virus, Premier Doug Ford announced that social gatherings in Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa will be limited to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors.

And to support better compliance with public health guidelines, the province made amendments to the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, that, if passed, would impose fines of a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum amount of $100,000 for those hosting large social gatherings and $750 for people attending the events.

As cases continue to increase in the province and in schools, the Ford government could put more restrictions in place.

To date, there has been a total of 45,676 cases in Ontario, with 40,424 resolved and 2,825 reported deaths.

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