Asymptomatic coronavirus testing in 400+ Ontario colleges final week finds 32 instances

Ontario’s second spherical of asymptomatic testing in colleges has discovered a low variety of COVID-19 instances in lecture rooms throughout the province.

Officers reported that of the three,702 assessments carried out in colleges in 5 areas, together with in main COVID-19 scorching spots like Toronto and Peel, 32 instances have been discovered yielding a positivity fee of zero.86 per cent.

Ontario Schooling Minister Stephen Lecce welcomed the information on Monday, saying that the federal government will proceed to maintain colleges “protected and open.”

“We are going to proceed to comply with one of the best knowledgeable medical recommendation and proceed to implement strict measures to guard our colleges and our province,” he mentioned.

Final December, when the province first started the testing pilot program, official logged 57 instances after three,600 assessments have been accomplished in scorching spot areas. More than 19 of those cases were found in one Toronto school.

This time, in the course of the second spherical of asymptomatic testing, between Feb. 11 and 13, at the least 11 of the 917 folks examined throughout 40 colleges in Toronto had COVID-19.

In Peel Area, officers discovered one case of the illness after 93 assessments have been carried out between Feb. 12 and 13. In Ottawa, officers discovered 20 instances of the illness after 2,336 assessments have been accomplished on varied days between Jan. 30 and Feb. 15.

No infections have been discovered after greater than 80 assessments have been accomplished in Hamilton and greater than 270 instances have been accomplished in Sudbury.

The province says that whereas most people examined within the second spherical of this system have been asymptomatic, officers did additionally provide assessments to some symptomatic college students and workers, in addition to members of their households.

The province mentioned it plans to launch the info on asymptomatic testing on a weekly foundation. The Ontario Ministry of Schooling mentioned it desires all faculty boards to conduct testing in at the least 5 per cent of faculties of their jurisdiction each week.

“Our authorities has taken motion to deploy asymptomatic testing province-wide, the primary program of its variety in Canada,” Lecce mentioned on Monday. “I encourage all college students, workers and households to reap the benefits of this program – which makes use of the least invasive testing choices doable.”

Well being specialists and academics had been urging the federal government to broaden the asymptomatic testing program as extra college students returned to high school final week amid issues across the unfold of recent COVID-19 variants.

In colleges throughout the province, in response to the newest information, 55 extra instances of COVID-19 have been discovered. Forty-seven of these instances have been college students, and eight have been workers members on the colleges.

There are at the moment 278 colleges with a reported energetic case of the novel coronavirus throughout the province, 10 of that are closed.