22 closures reported as Ontario schools log 170 new COVID-19 cases

Dec 17 2020, 8:01 am

The Government of Ontario reports 170 new COVID-19 cases in schools on Thursday morning, surpassing 7,000 cases since September.

According to the provincial government, 143 cases reported today are student-related, and 26 are staff-related.

The new total has now reached 7,016 since back to school.

There have been 1,826 school-related cases in just two weeks, with 5,190 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 70% of total cases reported since September.

The province also reports 22 school closures out of the 955 schools that have cases.

It is important to note that all schools in the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit are currently closed, according to the government.

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Government of Ontario

As for licensed childcare centres, there are now 1,188 total confirmed cases with 185 centres and 487 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 confirmed 2,432 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday morning, marking it as the highest single-day count since the pandemic began.

This is the third day in a row cases have been above 2,000, with Wednesday’s 2,139 and Tuesday’s 2,275.

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