The Government of Ontario is reporting 72 more COVID-19 cases in schools in Friday’s update, totalling 1,698 across the board.
According to the provincial government, 39 of the new cases are student-related, six are staff-related, and 27 are unidentified.
There has been a reported 796 school-related cases in just two weeks, with 902 cases reported 14 or more days before that.
Out of the 1,698 cases reported since September, about 56% of cases have been reported from students.
Ontario continues to report five school closures out of the 514 schools with reported cases.
As for licensed childcare centres, there are now 357 total confirmed cases, as well as 85 centres and 365 homes closed.
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.
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The province confirmed 826 new COVID-19 cases on Friday morning, a slight decrease from the previous day. Cases have been high in the past few dayswith Thursday’s 841, Wednesday’s 790, Tuesday’s 821, Monday’s 704, Sunday’s 658,and Saturday’s 805.
Friday, October 9, was at 939 — the highest count to date in the pandemic.