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 in schools. The provincial data is current as of 2 p.m. the previous work day, and doesn’t indicate where the place of transmission occurred.

The TDSB updates its information on current COVID-19 cases throughout the day on its website.

“Please note that all schools where there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 who was contagious while at school will receive a letter from Toronto Public Health to inform them about the possible exposure,” the website says.

Positive cases at private schools aren’t included in the daily provincial numbers. On Monday, two students at the York School tested positive for COVID-19 as well as a faculty member at Branksome Hall, according to notices put out by the school.

Breanna Xavier-Carter

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