Over 1,600 Ontario school COVID-19 cases reported since September

Oct 22 2020, 7:45 am

The Government of Ontario is reporting 74 more COVID-19 cases in schools in Thursday’s update, totalling 1,641 across the board — a significant daily drop from the day before.

According to the provincial government, 49 of the new cases are student-related, five are staff-related, and 20 are unidentified.

There has been a reported 795 school-related cases in just two weeks, with 846 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

Out of the 1,641 cases reported since September, 56% of cases have been reported from students.

Ontario reports five school closures out of the 501 schools with reported cases.

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Government of Ontario

As for licensed childcare centres, there are now 349 total confirmed cases, as well as 84 centres and 360 homes closed.

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Government of Ontario

Despite efforts from the government implementing modified restrictions, Toronto’s coronavirus positivity rate is almost double of the “high alert” range that is used by Ontario.

It has been noted that 2.5% is the “high alert” range for Ontario and, according to Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa, the percentage of positive cases per 100 people tested in a week is at 4.4%, for the October 11 to October 17.

The province confirmed 841 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday morning. Cases have been high in the past few days with Wednesday’s 790Tuesday’s 821Monday’s 704Sunday’s 658Saturday’s 805, and Friday’s 712.

Friday, October 9, was at 939 — the highest count to date in the pandemic.

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