Ontario reports 223 new COVID-19 cases in schools

Dec 16 2020, 8:02 am

The Government of Ontario reports 223 new COVID-19 cases in schools on Wednesday morning, surpassing 6,800 cases since September.

According to the provincial government, 188 cases reported today are student-related, and 34 are staff-related.

The new total has now reached 6,847 since back to school.

There have been 1,771 school-related cases in just two weeks, with 5,076 reported 14 or more days before that.

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

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Government of Ontario

As for students testing positive, they account for about 69% of total cases reported since September.

The province continues to report 20 school closures out of the 933 schools that have cases.

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Government of Ontario

As for licensed childcare centres, there are now 1,159 total confirmed cases with 182 centres and 485 homes closed.

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Government of Ontario

On Monday, the Toronto District School Board reported a total of nine closures due to COVID-19 outbreaks. Factoring in the winter break, students will return on January 4 to allow Toronto Public Health to investigate the cases at the schools.

The provincial government reported 2,139 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday morning, marking the second day in a row where cases are above 2,000.

Today’s numbers are an increase from Monday’s 1,940Sunday’s 1,677Saturday’s 1,873Friday’s 1,848, and Thursday’s previous record-breaking 1,983.

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