866 Ontario schools have active COVID-19 cases, with 207 new infections reported

Dec 9 2020, 7:59 am

The Government of Ontario reports 207 new COVID-19 cases in schools on Wednesday morning, with 866 schools confirming active cases.

According to the provincial government, 174 cases reported today are student-related, and 33 are staff-related.

The new total has now reached 5,919 since back to school.

There have been 1,616 school-related cases in just two weeks, with 4,303 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 67% have been from students.

The province now reports 11 school closures out of the 866 schools that have cases.

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Government of Ontario

As for licensed childcare centres, there are now 986 total confirmed cases with 151 centres and 474 homes closed.

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Government of Ontario

On Wednesday, a COVID-19 outbreak was declared at a Toronto high school after 14 students reported testing positive for the virus. Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute is now closed until December 18, to allow more time for Toronto Public Health to conduct their investigation.

With the winter break, students will not return to classes until January 4, 2021.

On Wednesday morning, the provincial government reported 1,890 new COVID-19 cases across Ontario.

Today’s numbers are an increase from Tuesday’s 1,676 but are less than Monday’s record-high 1,925 and Sunday’s 1,924.

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