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At least one case of COVID-19 is active in nearly a quarter of Ontario schools

COVID-19 is present in nearly a quarter of Ontario schools.

Key takeaways:

  • COVID- As case counts continue to rise at an exponential rate, 19 infections are now present in nearly a quarter of Ontario’s public schools.
  • According to the ministry, 60 schools have switched to remote learning, up from just 13 last Thursday.

COVID-19 infections are now present in nearly a quarter of Ontario’s public schools, as case counts continue to rise at an exponential rate due to the spread of the Omicron variant.

According to the Ministry of Education, 1,167 schools have had at least one case involving a student or staff member in the last 14 days, accounting for more than 24% of all public schools.

Only 884 schools dealt with active cases this time last week, a 32 percent increase.

Meanwhile, the number of schools closed due to COVID-19 outbreaks or pandemic-related operational reasons continues to rise as the school year comes to a close tomorrow.

Also read: More than 2,400 new infections of COVID-19 have been reported in Ontario

According to the ministry, 60 schools have switched to remote learning, up from just 13 last Thursday.

Hundreds of other schools are also experiencing active outbreaks.

365 public schools, including 324 elementary schools, had declared outbreaks on Thursday morning.

This is the most active school outbreak at any time during the pandemic.

It should be noted that over the holiday break, 11 million rapid tests will be sent home with public school students and staff to prevent them from contracting COVID-19 and infecting others when they return to class in the New Year.

COVID-19 is present in nearly a quarter of Ontario schools.
COVID-19 is present in nearly a quarter of Ontario schools. Image from Toronto Star

However, new modeling from the Ontario Science Advisory Table now warns of daily case counts exceeding 10,000 without immediate “circuit breaker” lockdown measures and a rapid expansion of the third dose rollout, so it’s unclear what kind of viral picture could exist in the community come January.

“We will need to reduce contacts between people if we want to blunt this wave, and please note that I said blunt, not flatten,” Dr. Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown, co-chair of the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table, told reporters on Thursday. “I believe we can do it without closing schools or closing businesses that previous waves have harmed have harmede serious restrictions that reduce contact.”

According to the most recent data, another 8335 new school-related cases were confirmed in the 24 hours ending Wednesday afternoon, the highest single-day number since 384 cases were reported yesterday.

There are currently 2,864 active infections associated with the public school system. It was 1,771 at this time last December.

There was also one-third as many school closures in the 2020-2021 school year (20).

Source: CP24 News

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