Toronto Public Health closes first school of the year due to a COVID-19 outbreak

Oct 12 2021, 1:56 pm

Toronto Public Health has closed a Toronto high school due to a COVID-19 outbreak. It is the first school in Toronto to be dismissed this school year.

All in-person classes and activities are cancelled at Silverthorn Collegiate Institute while Toronto Public Health investigates the COVID-19 cases to determine when school can resume.

“TPH continues to investigate this COVID-19 outbreak, including following up with close contacts, providing guidance, and recommending whole-school testing,” Toronto Public Health said in a press release.

Toronto District School Board tweeted that all students will be moving to remote learning while the Toronto Public Health investigation unfolds. The school could be closed for more than 10 days.

As of October 8, there were 21 active school outbreaks and 30 active investigations in 122 school settings, TPH said in the press release. Also as of October 8, there are nine schools across the province that have closed due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

Toronto Public Health declares an outbreak in a school setting “if there are two or more lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases linked within school settings in 14 days.”

According to Ontario’s COVID-19 portal, Silverthorn Collegiate Institute had three active COVID-19 cases as of Friday. Toronto District School Board spokesperson Ryan Bird told the Toronto Star that there were 11 active cases as of Monday, but four of those would be considered “resolved” by Tuesday. A COVID-19 case is deemed resolved after 14 days.

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