Cases of COVID-19 at Ontario schools rose by 50% overnight
More and more kids are heading back to school in Toronto and beyond this week for IRL classes, despite warnings from critics (and even scientists) suggesting they won't be safe.
As of 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, Ontario's Ministry of Health is reporting 62 active cases of COVID-19 among staff and students at publicly-funded schools.
This marks an increase of 21 cases — just over 52 per cent — from the day previous when only 41 cases had been recorded at elementary and high schools across the province.
More than half of all confirmed cases have been linked to schools in the GTA.
Local schools with at least one confirmed student, staff or "unidentified" case as of this morning are:
Elementary school classes began on Tuesday of this week in Toronto, while high schoolers who opted for in-person learning went back to class today.
Things haven't exactly been smooth across the board: The Toronto District School Board's COVID-19 screening app, which students are required to complete daily before coming to school, went down briefly this morning due to "technical issues."
Premier Doug Ford maintains that Ontario's back-to-school plan is among the best in the country, despite some opposition, but has said the province won't hesitate to close schools right back down should an outbreak be detected.
Ontario's Ministry of Health recently launched a school and childcare centre-specific coronavirus tracking website to provide "a summary of COVID-19 activity in publicly-funded Ontario schools" for those who want to watch this all play out through daily updates.
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