Students at several schools isolated after itinerant teacher tests positive for COVID-19

Students from two classes at St. Demetrius Catholic school in Toronto are in isolation for 14 days after a music teacher, who rotates among multiple schools, tested positive for COVID-19.

Several classes in up to six schools in total may be impacted, said Markus de Domenico, the Toronto Catholic board trustee for Ward 2 in Etobicoke, where St. Demetrius is located.

Toronto Public Health alerted families on the weekend, he said, and the notice recommends parents of the Grade 5 and 6 students get their child tested for COVID-19 while in isolation whether they have symptoms or not.

St. Demetrius, an elementary school for students from kindergarten to Grade 8, is located on La Rose Ave., near Eglinton Ave. and Royal York Rd.

And another school, St. Charles Catholic School in North York, will close Monday for a week after an itinerant teacher, who tested positive for COVID-19, had contact

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Elders and schools to get long-sought rapid COVID tests

Florida nursing homes, assisted living facilities and elder communities will soon be able to conduct 15-minute, COVID-19 tests on staff, patients and even visitors each week as part of a long-awaited federal program, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday.

The governor last week said that the state would be getting 6.4 million of the Abbott BinaxNOW rapid tests after the federal government bought the company’s entire supply of 150 million. The weekly shipments will come in batches of 400,000.

On Tuesday, he said the state will distribute more than half of the weekly supply to homes for the state’s most vulnerable: 100,000 to long-term care facilities and 180,000 to other “senior care communities.” Of the remaining, 60,000 tests will go to state-run testing sites, and the other 60,000 tests will to school districts to screen “any student or teacher who developed symptoms and needs to be tested.”

For months, advocates

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FL Providing Rapid Coronavirus Tests To Senior Homes, Schools

TALLAHASSEE, FL — The State of Florida this week announced it is offering up hundreds of thousands of rapid tests for the coronavirus to senior living facilities, schools and state testing sites. The tests are said to return results in 15 minutes or less.

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday said the state will distribute some 400,000 BinaxNOW tests this week alone. The federal government has already provided the tests to about 800 nursing homes in Florida, and the state will provide tests to the remaining 3,200 facilities, he said.

All told, about 100,000 tests will go to long term care facilities, and another 180,000 will go to senior living communities.

Another 60,000 BinaxNOW tests will be provided to schools across the state. DeSantis said schools that utilize rapid testing will be able to avoid making students isolate unnecessarily.

“If a student is either sent to school sick or becomes sick

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City spends $1M on air filters for Syracuse schools; more top stories (Good Morning CNY for Sept. 29)

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Donald Trump announces coronavirus testing boost for schools, nursing homes

President Trump on Monday announced that his administration plans to distribute 150 million rapid coronavirus tests to schools, nursing homes and other facilities in the coming weeks.



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: FILE – In this Sunday, June 14, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up while walking across the tarmac as he boards Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J. Trump is returning to Washington. A far-right Norwegian lawmaker says he has nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Prize 2021 for his efforts to reach a peace agreement in the Middle East. Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament for the far-right Progress Party, said on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 that Trump should be considered for his work “for reaching a peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel which opens up for possible peace in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)


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FILE – In this Sunday, June 14, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up while walking across the tarmac as he boards Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J. Trump is returning to Washington. A far-right Norwegian lawmaker says he has nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Prize 2021 for his efforts to reach a peace agreement in the Middle East. Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament for the far-right Progress Party, said on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 that Trump should be considered for his work “for reaching a peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel which opens up for possible peace in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Alex

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Ontario reports 29 new COVID-19 cases in schools, totalling 238 cases

The number of total active COVID-19 cases in publicly funded schools across Ontario has jumped to 238.

In its latest data released Friday morning, the province reported 29 more school-related cases — 10 more students were infected for a total of 110; 10 more staff members for a total of 50 and 9 more individuals who weren’t identified for a total of 78.

There are 198 schools with an active case, which the province notes is 4.1 per cent of the 4,828 publicly funded schools.

Two schools are closed — Monsignor Paul Baxter elementary school in Ottawa and Fellowes High School in Pembroke.

Epidemiologists have told the Star that the numbers in the schools aren’t a surprise, and that the cases will be proportionate to the amount of COVID-19 that’s in the community.

There is a lag between the daily provincial data at 10:30 a.m. and news reports about infections

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The Latest: NYC restates virus rules for private schools

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A cemetery worker digs a grave in a section of the Valle de Chalco Municipal Cemetery which opened early in the coronavirus pandemic to accommodate the surge in deaths, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.

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NEW YORK — New York City’s health commissioner has issued an order reiterating that private schools in some neighborhoods have to follow pandemic safety protocols.

The directive comes amid concerns about an uptick in coronavirus cases in certain Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods with large Orthodox Jewish populations.

The order says that nonpublic schools in the specified areas must maintain six feet of distance between people and that face coverings are required in all buildings.

New York City’s current overall infection rate remains low, but official figures indicate the affected neighborhoods accounted for 20% of the city’s coronavirus cases in recent weeks.

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