The Government of Ontario is reporting 111 more coronavirus cases in schools, bringing the total to 722 across the province.
In the October 7 update, 69 of the new cases are student-related, 15 are staff-related, and 27 are unidentified.
There has been a reported 541 school-related cases in just two weeks, with an additional 181 cases reported 14 or more days before that.
Of the total cases, 148 have been reported in several Toronto schools among students and staff.
The TDSB’s Martingrove Collegiate Institute is reporting eight cases from students, the most in the GTA in a single school.
As for other schools in the region, 31 are reported from Brampton, 26 from Mississauga, and 10 in Oakville.
Two schools remain closed out of the 379 schools with reported cases.
In licensed child care centres, there are now 210 total confirmed cases, as well as 53 centres and 267 homes closed.
In an effort to combat the increasing number of cases in the school community, the Toronto District School Board is now requiring parents and guardians to wear masks during pick-ups and drop-offs at schools.
According to the provincial government, as we head into October, the province is forecasting 1,000 new daily coronavirus cases in the first half of the month as the second wave pushes Ontario in an upward trajectory.
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Despite the recent decrease in Ontario’s daily report, standing at 583 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday morning, the numbers are still well above 500 for the tenth straight day.
On Friday, the record for the largest single-day increase was reached with 732 new cases reported, Saturday saw with 653 cases , Sunday had 556, Monday reported 615 and Tuesday saw 548.