Ontario government launches coronavirus-tracking website for schools

Sep 11 2020, 11:29 am

The Ontario government has launched a COVID-19-tracking website for schools.

On Friday, the website launched and tracks cases in schools and licensed childcare centres so that parents and family members can have access to the data.

According to the province, the website will be updated every weekday and include a summary of cases with information on where the numbers comes from.

As of Friday morning, the website indicated that 13 cases have been confirmed in schools, including four students and nine staff members.

Government of Ontario

There are a total of 4,828 schools in the province.

The four student cases are from Catholic schools in Ottawa and the staff cases come from Ottawa, Pickering, Oakville, Brampton, Mississauga and Waterloo.

On Wednesday, Premier Doug Ford said that the government will report outbreaks in schools, similar to how cases were reported in long-term care homes.

“I think it’s so important we report every single case, as we did with long-term care. We’ll do the same in schools,” Ford said at the conference earlier this week.

Currently, if there is a coronavirus case or outbreak, the local public health unit must declare it and decide if the school should be shut down.

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