More than 40 Ontario students test positive for coronavirus in 24 hours

Oct 6 2020, 3:04 pm

The Government of Ontario is reporting 74 more coronavirus cases in schools, bringing the total to 611 across the province.

In the October 6 update, 41 of the new cases are student-related, 10 are staff-related, and 23 are unidentified.

There has been a reported 470 school-related cases in just two weeks, with an additional 141 cases 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

Of the total cases, 134 have been reported in several Toronto schools among students and staff.

However, Ottawa region schools report 130 cases.

Ottawa Catholic District School Board is reporting seven positive cases in Notre Dame High School amongst students, marking the highest reported in a single school.

As for GTA schools, 27 are reported from Brampton, 25 from Mississauga, and 11 in Oakville.

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Government of Ontario

Two schools remain closed out of the 347 current number of schools with a reported case.

In licensed child care centres, there are now 170 total confirmed cases, as well as 48 centres and 249 homes closed.

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Government of Ontario

As Toronto continues to see an increase in school-related cases, the Toronto District School Board has issued an update to their mask guidelines, requiring parents and guardians to wear masks during pick-ups and drop-offs at schools.

St. Charles Catholic School in Toronto has recently closed after a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.

Despite the recent decrease in Ontario’s daily report, standing at 548 cases on Tuesday morning, the numbers are still well above 500.

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, and Monday reported 615.

Heading 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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