133 new COVID-19 cases reported by Ontario schools as winter break begins

Dec 18 2020, 7:55 am

The Government of Ontario reports 133 new COVID-19 cases in schools on Friday morning, surpassing 7,100 cases since September.

According to the provincial government, 111 cases reported today are student-related, and 22 are staff-related.

The new total has now reached 7,151 since back to school.

There have been 1,833 school-related cases in just two weeks, with 5,318 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 957 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 1,201 total confirmed cases with 187 centres and 488 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 2,290 new COVID-19 cases on Friday morning, a decrease from Thursday’s record-breaking cases.

This is the fourth day in a row cases have been above 2,000, with Thursday’s 2,432 Wednesday’s 2,139 and Tuesday’s 2,275.

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