Ontario schools report 166 new school COVID-19 cases

Dec 2 2020, 4:09 pm

The Government of Ontario reports 166 new COVID-19 cases in schools on Wednesday, surpassing 5,000 cases in three months.

According to the provincial government, 140 cases reported today are student-related, and 26 are staff-related. Ontario schools reported 299 total cases.

The new total has now reached 5,024 since back to school.

There have been 1,386 school-related cases in just two weeks, with 3,638 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 total cases recorded since September, about 64% have been from students.

The province now reports six school closures out of the 742 schools that have cases.

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Government of Ontario

As for licensed childcare centres, there are now 834 total confirmed cases with 135 centres and 459 homes closed.

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Government of Ontario

Over the weekend, the Toronto District School Board reported almost 20 COVID-19 cases at Thorncliffe Park Public School, resulting in 14 classes being asked to self-isolate.

In a voluntary coronavirus test on asymptomatic individuals, 18 students and one staff member tested positive for the virus.

On Wednesday, the provincial government confirmed 1,723 new COVID-19 cases, with more than half coming from Peel Region and Toronto.

It is the fourth day in a row where cases are above 1,700 with an increase from Tuesday’s 1,707 and Sunday’s 1,708 but a decrease from Monday’s 1,746, Saturday’s 1,822, and Friday’s record-breaking 1,855.

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