The number of new COVID-19 cases in public schools across the province has jumped by 37 from the previous day, to a total of 412 in the last two weeks.
In its latest data released Friday morning, the province reported 30 more students were infected for a total of 237 in the last two weeks; since school began there have been overall total of 263.
The data shows there are two more staff members for a total of 61 in the last two weeks — and an overall total of 84.
The latest report also shows five more individuals who weren’t identified for a total of 114 in that category — and an overall total of 137.
There are 318 schools with a reported case, which the province notes is 6.59 per cent of the 4,828 public schools in Ontario.
Three schools are currently closed, according to the Ministry of Health figures — Mason Road Junior Public School in Toronto, Holy Cross Catholic School in Kemptville and Monsignor Paul Baxter in Ottawa.
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 that is in the community. Ontario set a new daily record for overall cases with 732 reported Friday.
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 Toronto District School Board updates its information on current COVID-19 cases throughout the day on its website. As of 10:30 a.m. Friday, there were 78 TDSB schools with at least one active case — 65 students and 29 staff.
Martingrove C.I. is the TDSB school with the most students infected at five but it remains open.
In a letter to parents Thursday, the board said: “It would appear that the five cases are linked to an event that took place in the community on Saturday, September 19th.
“To date, there is no evidence to support the transmission of the virus is connected to the school. However, as a precaution, the students are currently self-isolating and (Toronto Public Health) has reached out to those who may be impacted and has placed two cohorts in self-isolation.”