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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